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  1. Photonic crystal fiber long-period gratings for biochemical sensing

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    Rindorf, Lars; Jensen, Jesper B.; Dufva, Martin; Hagsholm Pedersen, Lars; Høiby, Poul Erik; Bang, Ole

    2006-09-01

    We present experimental results showing that long-period gratings in photonic crystal fibers can be used as sensitive biochemical sensors. A layer of biomolecules was immobilized on the sides of the holes of the photonic crystal fiber and by observing the shift in the resonant wavelength of a long-period grating it was possible to measure the thickness of the layer. The long-period gratings were inscribed in a large-mode area silica photonic crystal fiber with a CO2 laser. The thicknesses of a monolayer of poly-L-lysine and double-stranded DNA was measured using the device. We find that the grating has a sensitivity of approximately 1.4nm/1nm in terms of the shift in resonance wavelength in nm per nm thickness of biomolecule layer.

  2. Holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal Bragg grating integrated inside a solid core photonic crystal fiber.

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    Zito, Gianluigi; Pissadakis, Stavros

    2013-09-01

    A polymer/liquid crystal-based fiber Bragg grating (PLC-FBG) is fabricated with visible two-beam holography by photo-induced modulation of a prepolymer/liquid crystal solution infiltrated into the hollow channels of a solid core photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The fabrication process and effects related to the photonic bandgap guidance into the infiltrated PCF, and characterization of the PLC-FBG, are discussed. Experimental data presented here demonstrate that the liquid crystal inclusions of the PLC-FBG lead to high thermal and bending sensitivities. The microscopic behavior of the polymer/liquid crystal phase separation inside the PCF capillaries is examined using scanning electron microscopy, and is discussed further. PMID:23988927

  3. High temperature sensing using higher-order-mode rejected sapphire-crystal fiber gratings

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    Zhan, Chun; Kim, Jae Hun; Lee, Jon; Yin, Stuart; Ruffin, Paul; Luo, Claire

    2007-09-01

    In this paper, we report the fabrication of higher-order-mode rejected fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) in sapphire crystal fiber using infrared (IR) femtosecond laser illumination. The grating is tested in high temperature furnace up to 1600 degree Celsius. As sapphire fiber is only available as highly multimode fiber, a scheme to filter out higher order modes in favor for the fundamental mode is theoretically evaluated and experimentally demonstrated. The approach is to use an ultra thin sapphire crystal fiber (60 micron in diameter) to decrease the number of modes. The small diameter fiber also enables bending the fiber to certain radius which is carefully chosen to provide low loss for the fundamental mode LP01 and high loss for the other high-order modes. After bending, less-than-2-nm resonant peak bandwidth is achieved. The grating spectrum is improved, and higher resolution sensing measurement can be achieved. This mode filtering method is very easy to implement. Furthermore, the sapphire fiber is sealed with hi-purity alumina ceramic cement inside a flexible high temperature titanium tube, and the highly flexible titanium tube offers a robust packaging to sapphire fiber. Our high temperature sapphire grating sensor is very promising in extremely high temperature sensing application.

  4. Temperature insensitive all-fiber accelerometer using a photonic crystal fiber long-period grating interferometer

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    Zheng, Shijie; Zhu, Yinian; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2012-04-01

    Fiber-optic accelerometers have attracted great attention in recent years due to the fact that they have many advantages over electrical counterparts because all-fiber accelerometers have the capabilities for multiplexing to reduce cabling and to transmit signals over a long distance. They are also immune to electromagnetic interference. We propose and develop a compact and robust photonic crystal fiber (PCF) Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) that can be implemented as an accelerometer for measurements of vibration and displacement. To excite core mode to couple out with cladding modes, two long-period gratings (LPGs) with identical transmission spectra are needed to be written in an endless single-mode PCF using a CO2 laser. The first LPG can couple a part of core mode to several cladding modes. After the light beams travel at different speeds over a certain length of the core and cladding, the cladding modes will be recoupled back to the core when they meet the second LPG, resulting in interference between the core mode and cladding modes. Dynamic strain is introduced to the PCF-MZI fiber segment that is bonded onto a spring-mass system. The shift of interference fringe can be measured by a photodetector, and the transformed analog voltage signal is proportional to the acceleration of the sensor head. Based on simulations of the PCF-MZI accelerometer, we can get a sensitivity of ~ 0.08 nm/g which is comparable with fiber Bragg grating (FBG) accelerometers. The proposed accelerometer has a capability of temperature insensitivity; therefore, no thermal-compensation scheme is required. Experimental results indicate that the PCF-MZI accelerometer may be a good candidate sensor for applications in civil engineering infrastructure and aeronautical platforms.

  5. Enhanced modes excitation in photonic crystal fiber by long-period gratings for sensing application

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    Zheng, Shijie; Zhu, Yinian

    2016-03-01

    Evanescent-wave sensing platform is proposed by two interrogating schemes, core-cladding coupling and core-cladding-core coupling and re-coupling, in endlessly single-mode photonic crystal fiber (ESM-PCF) with long-period gratings (LPGs). The sensing characteristics are experimentally investigated by stress relaxation technique and point-by-point grating inscription via CO2 laser. It shows that the evanescent wave in cladding mode is significantly increased due to LPGs, compared with in core mode only. The introduced concept will further help explore the PCF evanescent-wave sensing and its applications.

  6. Long-period grating and its cascaded counterpart in photonic crystal fiber for gas phase measurement.

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    Tian, Fei; Kanka, Jiri; Du, Henry

    2012-09-10

    Regular and cascaded long period gratings (LPG, C-LPG) of periods ranging from 460 to 590 μm were inscribed in an endlessly single mode photonic crystal fiber (PCF) using CO(2) laser for sensing measurements of helium, argon and acetylene. High index sensitivities in excess of 1700 nm/RIU were achieved in both grating schemes with a period of 460 μm. The sharp interference fringes in the transmission spectrum of C-PCF-LPG afforded not only greatly enhanced sensing resolution, but also accuracy when the phase-shift of the fringe pattern is determined through spectral processing. Comparative numerical and experimental studies indicated LP(01) to LP(03) mode coupling as the principal coupling step for both PCF-LPG and C-PCF-LPG with emergence of multi-mode coupling at shorter grating periods or longer resonance wavelengths. PMID:23037218

  7. Internal strain monitoring in composite materials with embedded photonic crystal fiber Bragg gratings

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    Geernaert, Thomas; Sulejmani, Sanne; Sonnenfeld, Camille; Chah, Karima; Luyckx, Geert; Lammens, Nicolas; Voet, Eli; Becker, Martin; Thienpont, Hugo; Berghmans, Francis

    2014-09-01

    The possibility of embedding optical fiber sensors inside carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for structural health monitoring purposes has already been demonstrated previously. So far however, these sensors only allowed axial strain measurements because of their low sensitivity for strain in the direction perpendicular to the optical fiber's axis. The design flexibility provided by novel photonic crystal fiber (PCF) technology now allows developing dedicated fibers with substantially enhanced sensitivity to such transverse loads. We exploited that flexibility and we developed a PCF that, when equipped with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG), leads to a sensor that allows measuring transverse strains in reinforced composite materials, with an order of magnitude increase of the sensitivity over the state-of-the-art. In addition it allows shear strain sensing in adhesive bonds, which are used in composite repair patches. This is confirmed both with experiments and finite element simulations on such fibers embedded in CFRP coupons and adhesive bonds. Our sensor brings the achievable transverse strain measurement resolution close to a target value of 1 μstrain and could therefore play an important role for multi-dimensional strain sensing, not only in the domain of structural health monitoring, but also in the field of composite material production monitoring. Our results thereby illustrate the added value that PCFs have to offer for internal strain measurements inside composite materials and structures.

  8. Numerical modeling of femtosecond laser inscribed IR gratings in photonic crystal fibers.

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    Baghdasaryan, Tigran; Geernaert, Thomas; Thienpont, Hugo; Berghmans, Francis

    2015-01-26

    During grating inscription in photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) the intensity of the inscribing laser beam is non-uniformly distributed over the core region due to the interaction with the air holes in the fiber's microstructure. In this paper we model and study the non-uniformity of the index modification and its influence on the grating reflection spectra, taking into account the non-linear nature of the index change. For femtosecond laser inscription pulses at 800 nm, we show that the intensity redistribution in the PCF core region can result in Type II index changes even if the peak intensity of the incident beam is well below the corresponding threshold. Our coupled mode analysis reveals that the non-uniform nature of the index change can seriously affect the reflectivity of the grating due to a limited overlap of the guided mode with the transverse index modulation profile for almost all angular orientations of the PCFs with respect to the inscription beam. We also evaluate the influence of PCF tapering and we found that for the considered PCF a significant increase in the induced index change and reflectivity is observed only for taper diameters below 40 μm. PMID:25835831

  9. Switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser based on the photonic crystal fiber loop mirror and chirped fiber Bragg grating

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    Chen, Wei-Guo; Lou, Shu-Qin; Wang, Li-Wen; Li, Hong-Lei; Guo, Tieying; Jian, Shui-Sheng

    2010-03-01

    The switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) with a two-mode photonic crystal fiber (PCF) loop mirror and a chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) at room temperature is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The two-mode PCF loop mirror is formed by inserting a piece of two-mode PCF into a Sagnac loop mirror, with the air-holes of the PCF intentionally collapsing at the splices. By adjusting the state of the polarization controller (PC) appropriately, the laser can be switched between the stable single- and dual-wavelength operations by means of the polarization hole burning (PHB) and spectral hole burning (SHB) effects.

  10. Design of photonic crystal fiber long-period grating refractive index sensor

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    Kanka, Jiri; Zhu, Yinian; He, Zonghu; Du, Henry

    2009-05-01

    Numerical optimization of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) structures for refractive index sensors based on long period gratings inscribed in PCFs has been performed. The optimization procedure employs the Nelder-Mead downhill simplex algorithm. This direct-search method attempts to minimize a scalar-valued nonlinear function of N real variables (called the objective function) using only function values, without any derivative information. An inverse design approach utilizes the objective function constructed using desired sensing characteristics. For the modal analysis of the PCF structure a fully-vectorial solver based on the finite element method is called by the objective function. The dispersion optimization of PCFs is aimed at achieving a high sensitivity of measurement of refractive index of analytes infiltrated into the air holes for the refractive index and probe wavelength ranges of interest. We have restricted our work to the index-guiding solid-core PCF structures with hexagonally arrayed air holes.

  11. Mechanism and characteristics of long period fiber gratings in simplified hollow-core photonic crystal fibers.

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    Wu, Zhifang; Wang, Zhi; Liu, Yan-ge; Han, Tingting; Li, Shuo; Wei, Huifeng

    2011-08-29

    We demonstrate the fabrication of high-quality LPFGs in simplified hollow-core photonic crystal fibers, composed of a hollow hexagonal core and six crown-like air holes, using CO2-laser-irradiation method. Theoretical and experimental investigations indicate that the LPFGs are originated from the strong mode-coupling between the LP01 and LP11 core modes. And a dominant physical mechanism for the mode-coupling is experimentally confirmed to be the periodic microbends rather than the deformations of the cross-section or other common factors. In addition, the LPFGs are highly sensitive to strain and nearly insensitive to temperature, and are promising candidates for gas sensors and nonlinear optical devices. PMID:21935098

  12. Temperature-insensitivity gas pressure sensor based on inflated long period fiber grating inscribed in photonic crystal fiber.

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    Zhong, Xiaoyong; Wang, Yiping; Liao, Changrui; Liu, Shen; Tang, Jian; Wang, Qiao

    2015-04-15

    We demonstrated an inflated long period fiber grating (I-LPFG) inscribed in a pure-silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) for high-sensitivity gas pressure sensing applications. The I-LPFG was inscribed by use of the pressure-assisted CO2 laser beam-scanning technique to inflate periodically air holes of a PCF along the fiber axis. Such an I-LPFG with periodic inflations exhibits a very high gas pressure sensitivity of 1.68 nm/MPa, which is one order of magnitude higher than that, i.e., 0.12 nm/Mpa, of the LPFG without periodic inflations. Moreover, the I-LPFG has a very low temperature sensitivity of 3.1 pm/°C due to the pure silica material in the PCF so that the pressure measurement error, resulting from the cross-sensitivity between temperature and gas pressure, is less than 1.8 Kpa/°C in the case of no temperature compensation. So the I-LPFG could be used to develop a promising gas pressure sensor, and the achieved pressure measurement range is up to 10 MPa. PMID:25872075

  13. Photonic crystal fiber π-phase-shifted long-period gratings with wide bandpass and temperature insensitivity

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    Zheng, Shijie; Zhu, Yinian

    2015-11-01

    In order to solve for the mode intensity distributions in a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) cross section and the propagation constant for the design of fiber bandpass filters, we numerically analyze the modal distributions of the fundamental core mode and different cladding modes. Based on the simulation results, we also experimentally demonstrate a simple fabrication of bandpass filters inscribed on the PCF by inserting a π-phase shift in a 12-period long-period grating (LPG). Two rejection bands with greater than 18 dB isolation and an ultra-wide band of 85.3 nm are achieved. The phase-shifted PCF-LPGs are fabricated using a CO2 laser with point-by-point focused pulses. The proposed fiber bandpass filter is compact and is not influenced by temperature effects.

  14. Investigation of impact of photonic crystal fiber structure modified by femtosecond laser micromachining on long period gratings' sensing characteristics

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    Liu, Shujing; Wu, Jingwei; Luo, Mingyan; Ji, Qiang

    2016-02-01

    The sensing characteristics of long period gratings (LPGs) in photonic crystal fiber (PCF) can be changed by using femtosecond laser to modify the PCF waveguide structure although dispersive characteristic plays a key role in determining the sensitivity. Based on the coupled local-mode theory, the coupling behaviors and spectral characteristics of the LPGs in PCF fabricated by a femtosecond laser and a CO2 laser are analyzed which are supported by experiment results. When the distance between the central of fiber core and the peak of the drilled hole, namely the micro-hole diameter is about 3.5 μm, the temperature and strain sensitivities are changed by 27% (from 6.20 to 7.81 pm/°C) and -21% (from -2.41 to -1.91 pm/με) in comparison with the changes of the sensitivities that is induced by CO2 laser. The investigation demonstrates that the local structural changes of PCF have an impact on the sensitivity of LPGs. The investigation demonstrates the versatility of the technique in potential applications to design the desired sensitivity of fiber grating flexibly by forming proper geometrical modulations.

  15. Fiber Grating Environmental Sensing System

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    Schulz, Whitten L.; Udd, Eric

    2003-07-29

    Fiber grating environmental measurement systems are comprised of sensors that are configured to respond to changes in moisture or chemical content of the surrounding medium through the action of coatings and plates inducing strain that is measured. These sensors can also be used to monitor the interior of bonds for degradation due to aging, cracking, or chemical attack. Means to multiplex these sensors at high speed and with high sensitivity can be accomplished by using spectral filters placed to correspond to each fiber grating environmental sensor. By forming networks of spectral elements and using wavelength division multiplexing arrays of fiber grating sensors may be processed in a single fiber line allowing distributed high sensitivity, high bandwidth fiber optic grating environmental sensor systems to be realized.

  16. Phononic crystal diffraction gratings

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    Moiseyenko, Rayisa P.; Herbison, Sarah; Declercq, Nico F.; Laude, Vincent

    2012-02-01

    When a phononic crystal is interrogated by an external source of acoustic waves, there is necessarily a phenomenon of diffraction occurring on the external enclosing surfaces. Indeed, these external surfaces are periodic and the resulting acoustic diffraction grating has a periodicity that depends on the orientation of the phononic crystal. This work presents a combined experimental and theoretical study on the diffraction of bulk ultrasonic waves on the external surfaces of a 2D phononic crystal that consists of a triangular lattice of steel rods in a water matrix. The results of transmission experiments are compared with theoretical band structures obtained with the finite-element method. Angular spectrograms (showing frequency as a function of angle) determined from diffraction experiments are then compared with finite-element simulations of diffraction occurring on the surfaces of the crystal. The experimental results show that the diffraction that occurs on its external surfaces is highly frequency-dependent and has a definite relation with the Bloch modes of the phononic crystal. In particular, a strong influence of the presence of bandgaps and deaf bands on the diffraction efficiency is found. This observation opens perspectives for the design of efficient phononic crystal diffraction gratings.

  17. Numerical and experimental investigation of long-period gratings in photonic crystal fiber for refractive index sensing of gas media.

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    Tian, Fei; He, Zonghu; Du, Henry

    2012-02-01

    We have used the finite-difference frequency-domain (FDFD) method to simulate the core mode to cladding mode couplings in long-period gratings (LPGs) in photonic crystal fiber (PCF). Four sets of LPG-PCF have been fabricated with respective periodicities of 590, 540, 515, and 490 μm, resulting in corresponding resonance wavelengths (RWs) of 1241, 1399, 1494, and 1579 nm. We show both theoretically and experimentally that the longer the RW, the more sensitive the LPG-PCF is to the index change in Ar. We demonstrate a robust sensitivity of 517 nm per refractive index unit using the LPG-PCF at 1579 nm RW. PMID:22297359

  18. Nanofilm-coated photonic crystal fiber long-period gratings with modal transition for high chemical sensitivity and selectivity

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    Zheng, Shijie; Zhu, Yinian; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2012-04-01

    Using long-period gratings (LPGs) inscribed in an endless single-mode photonic crystal fiber (PCF) and coating nanostructure film into air channels in the PCF cladding with modal transition of the LPG, we have developed a fiber-optic sensing platform for detection of chemicals. PCF-LPG possesses extremely high sensitivity to the change in refractive index and chemical selectivity by localizing binding and/or absorption events in analyte solution. In this work, we numerically and experimentally investigate the behaviors of modal transition in the PCF-LPG where the air channels of PCF cladding are azimuthally coated with two types of nanostructure polymers as primary and secondary coatings by electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) deposition technique. The primary coating does not affect PCF-LPG parameters such as grating resonance wavelengths and its intensity that can be used for sensing, but it increases the sensitivity to refractive index of chemical analytes in the air channels. The secondary coating is for selective absorption of analyte molecules of interest. Those two coatings significantly modify the cladding mode distribution of PCF-LPG and enhance the evanescent wave interaction with the external environment, leading to a highly sensitive and selective chemical sensor. The integrated sensor has potential in a variety of applications, especially for nano-liter scale measurement in situ. The functional nanostructure films which respond to different parameters can be introduced into the air channels of the PCF-LPGs as transducers with chemical selectivity. In this paper, we demonstrate a fiber-optic humidity sensor with the proposed nanofilm-coated PCF-LPG for detection of corrosion in civil infrastructural health monitoring.

  19. Theoretical analysis of novel fiber grating pair

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    Wang, Liao; Jia, Hongzhi; Fang, Liang; You, Bei

    2016-06-01

    A novel fiber grating pair that consists of a conventional long-period fiber grating and a fiber Bragg cladding grating (FBCG) is proposed. The FBCG is a new type of fiber grating in which refractive index modulation is formed in the cladding. Through the coupled-mode theory, we accurately calculate the coupling coefficients between modes supported in the fibers. And some other mode coupling features in the fiber cladding gratings are analyzed in detail. The calculation of the modes involved in this paper is based on a model of three-layer step-index fiber geometry. Then, we have investigated the sensitivity characteristics for variation of the modulation strengths of the fiber Bragg cladding gratings' resonance peaks and the long-period cladding gratings' (LPCGs) dual resonant peaks. Finally, the modulation strength sensitivity of the grating pair's three resonant peaks is demonstrated, and the results indicate that these grating pairs may find potential applications in optical fiber sensing.

  20. Direct measurement of laser cooling of Yb:YAG crystal at atmospheric pressure using a fiber Bragg grating

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    Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Nemova, Galina; Loranger, Sébastien; Kashyap, Raman

    2014-02-01

    Although Yb:YAG has been cooled in a vacuum environment1, we report for the first time an experimental demonstration of optical cooling at atmospheric pressure. A Yb:YAG crystal is supported on thin silica fibers, inside a matt-black chamber with air at atmospheric pressure, and pumped at 1029 nm in the pulsed and CW regimes. Direct measurement of the crystal surface temperature during pumping was made possible by using a low thermal-mass, transparent fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor. The FBG interrogation system has sufficient sensitivity to measure the background absorption of the sample to below 10-4 cm-1, and bulk cooling at a pump power as low as 17 mW. The dynamical measurement of the temperature allows the determination of the overall heat transfer coefficient of the sample in the air, of 22 W.m-2K-1. A temperature drop of 8.8 K from the chamber temperature is observed in the Yb:YAG crystal in air when pumped with 4.2 W at 1029 nm, close to 8.9 K observed in vacuum1. A background absorption αb = 2.9×10-4 cm-1 is estimated with a pump wavelength at 1550 nm. Simulations predict further cooling when the sample's cross sectional area and the pump power are optimized, including absorption saturation effects. The choice of an efficient geometry, the use of a readily available temperature sensor in less controlled environments should simplify implementation of laser cooling systems and the development of commercial devices.

  1. Dispersion optimization of photonic crystal fiber long-period gratings for a high-sensitivity refractive index sensing

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    Kanka, Jiri

    2011-05-01

    Photonic crystal fiber long-period gratings (PCF-LPGs) operating near the phase-matching turning point to achieve high sensitivity to the refractive index of gas and liquid analytes infiltrated into cladding air holes are designed by numerical optimization. The vectorial finite element method is employed for the modal analysis of an index-guiding PCF and the calculation of the phase matching curves. The geometrical parameters of PCF (pitch and diameter of air holes arranged in a periodic triangular array) are optimized by using the down-hill simplex technique to engineer the dispersion of modes coupled by a LPG to obtain the turning point in the phase-matching curve at a desired wavelength for a given analyte refractive index. The resonant wavelength is subsequently extremely sensitive to the analyte refractive index, however, its large shifts can be detected with a substantially reduced resolution because the resonance dip in the LPG transmission spectrum is very broad. On the other hand, the broad resonance provides a broadband operation of a PCF-LPG sensor and its high sensitivity to the refractive index can still be achieved by relying on changes in the coupling strength (and consequently in the transmission loss) rather than in the resonant wavelength of LPG. We consider coupling between the fundamental core mode and the first-order symmetric cladding mode. We also explore an alternative approach based on coupling between the fundamental core mode and the fundamental space-filling mode instead of the individual cladding mode. The PCF-LPG structure optimized for refractive-index sensing is also assessed for label-free biosensing.

  2. Fiber optic diffraction grating maker

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    Deason, Vance A.; Ward, Michael B.

    1991-01-01

    A compact and portable diffraction grating maker comprised of a laser beam, optical and fiber optics devices coupling the beam to one or more evanescent beam splitters, and collimating lenses or mirrors directing the split beam at an appropriate photosensitive material. The collimating optics, the output ends of the fiber optic coupler and the photosensitive plate holder are all mounted on an articulated framework so that the angle of intersection of the beams can be altered at will without disturbing the spatial filter, collimation or beam quality, and assuring that the beams will always intersect at the position of the plate.

  3. Fiber optic diffraction grating maker

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    Deason, V.A.; Ward, M.B.

    1991-05-21

    A compact and portable diffraction grating maker is comprised of a laser beam, optical and fiber optics devices coupling the beam to one or more evanescent beam splitters, and collimating lenses or mirrors directing the split beam at an appropriate photosensitive material. The collimating optics, the output ends of the fiber optic coupler and the photosensitive plate holder are all mounted on an articulated framework so that the angle of intersection of the beams can be altered at will without disturbing the spatial filter, collimation or beam quality, and assuring that the beams will always intersect at the position of the plate. 4 figures.

  4. From planar to fiber chiral gratings (Invited Paper)

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    Genack, Azriel Z.; Kopp, Victor I.; Churikov, Victor M.; Singer, Jonathan; Chao, Norman; Neugroschl, Daniel

    2005-04-01

    We describe the development of fiber chiral gratings and discuss salient similarities and differences from planar chiral structures. Planar chiral structures include cholesteric liquid crystals and structured thin films produced by oblique deposition of dielectric materials on a rotating substrate. These are composed of uniform anisotropic planes with 180 degrees rotation symmetry which rotate uniformly with displacement perpendicular to the planes so that the pitch is equal to twice the period. The sinusoidal modulation of the structure which possesses double-helix symmetry results in a single band gap for co-handed light with the same sense of circular polarization as the handedness of the helical structure. Orthogonally polarized light is freely transmitted. Within the band gap the wavelength in the medium equals the structure pitch. Double-helix symmetry may also be implemented into a fiber geometry by twisting glass optical fiber with noncircular core cross section as it passes through a miniature oven. In addition to the polarization-selective resonant band observed in planar chiral gratings, we observe two additional modes of optical interaction when the pitch exceeds the wavelength in the fiber. In chiral long period gratings, dips in transmission are observed at wavelengths associated with coupling of the core mode and distinct cladding modes mediated by the chiral grating. In chiral intermediate period gratings, a broad scattering band is observed due to scattering out of the fiber into a continuum of states. Gratings with uniform pitch as well as with a specially designed pitch profile can be utilized to produce a variety of polarization selective devices. In addition to describing optical chiral gratings, we describe studies of microwave planar and fiber gratings, which played a key role in the development of optical fiber chiral gratings.

  5. Cross-fiber Bragg grating transducer

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    Albin, Sacharia (Inventor); Zheng, Jianli (Inventor); Lavarias, Arnel (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A transducer has been invented that uses specially-oriented gratings in waveguide a manner that allows the simultaneous measurement of physical phenomena (such as shear force, strain and temperature) in a single sensing element. The invention has a highly sensitive, linear response and also has directional sensitivity with regard to strain. The transducer has a waveguide with a longitudinal axis as well as two Bragg gratings. The transducer has a first Bragg grating associated with the waveguide that has an angular orientation .theta..sub.a relative to a perpendicular to the longitudinal axis such that 0.degree.<.theta..sub.a <.theta..sub.max. The second Bragg grating is associated with the waveguide in such a way that the angular orientation .theta..sub.b of the grating relative to a perpendicular to the longitudinal axis is (360.degree.-.theta..sub.max)<.theta..sub.b <360.degree.. The first Bragg grating can have a periodicity .LAMBDA..sub.a and the second Bragg grating can have a periodicity .LAMBDA..sub.b such that the periodicity .LAMBDA..sub.a of the first Bragg grating does not equal the periodicity .LAMBDA..sub.b of the second Bragg grating. The angle of the gratings can be such that .theta..sub.a =360.degree.-.theta..sub.b. The waveguide can assume a variety of configurations, including an optical fiber, a rectangular waveguide and a planar waveguide. The waveguide can be fabricated of a variety of materials, including silica and polymer material.

  6. Multiplexing of fiber optic Bragg grating sensors

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    Chan, Kok Cheung Peter

    2000-11-01

    The main objective of this project was to develop a novel technique for multiplexing fiber Bragg grating sensors for strain measurements. Multiplexing is a very important issue for fiber Bragg grating sensors, as it allows them to be used for distributed sensing where their greatest impact is anticipated. Three types of multiplexed fiber Bragg grating sensor system prototypes were developed in this work. Most effort was devoted to a frequency-modulated continuous wave technique for multiplexing fiber Bragg grating sensors. A detailed mathematical analysis of the frequency-modulated continuous wave multiplexing technique was performed. It was identified that the technique can be used to multiplex up to 32 fiber Bragg grating sensors of the same nominal Bragg wavelength with a theoretical crosstalk performance of below -48 dB. This level of crosstalk corresponds to a wavelength detected error of well below 1 pm if fiber Bragg gratings having a bandwidth of around 0.2 nm are used. A few hundreds of sensors could be multiplexed by combining the frequency-modulated continuous wave technique with the well known wavelength-division-multiplexing technique. The practical factors which limit the performance, including the effect of biasing from the optimal working condition and the effect of non-ideal frequency sweeping intensity modulation, were investigated. The system performance, in terms of power budget and inter-sensor crosstalk for a serial and parallel architecture was also determined. A series of experiments were carried out to verify the principle of operation and to study the effects arising from the various practical performance limiting factors and from different network architectures. A three sensor system was experimentally demonstrated with -30 dB crosstalk level and with 2 μɛ resolution in terms of root-mean-square strain value. The system performance was found to be limited by the residual amplitude modulation due to the non-ideal frequency response of

  7. Interferometric fiber Bragg grating shift demodulation

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    Stepien, Karol; Jóźwik, Michalina; Nasilowski, Tomasz

    2015-09-01

    In this paper we present a fiber Bragg grating shift demodulator with changeable resolution based on an unbalanced fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer. Preliminary research proves phase sensitivity to Bragg wavelength changes of 6,83 rad/mɛ. Phase sensitivity can be modified by changing the optical path difference witch is only limited by the coherence length of light reflected by the fiber Bragg grating. This solution can be used as a single sensor or as a part of a more complex system.

  8. All-optical continuously tunable delay with a high linear-chirp-rate fiber Bragg grating based on four-wave mixing in a highly-nonlinear photonic crystal fiber

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    Liu, Jianguo; Cheng, Tee Hiang; Yeo, Yong Kee; Wang, Yixin; Xue, Lifang; Zhu, Ninghua; Xu, ZhaoWen; Wang, Dawei

    2009-11-01

    A scheme for hi-fi all-optical continuously tunable delay is proposed. The signal wavelength is converted to a desired idler wavelength and converted back after being delayed by a high linear-chirp-rate (HLCR) fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based on four-wave mixing (FWM) in a highly-nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (HN-PCF). In our experiment, 400 ps (more than 8 full width of half maximum, FWHM) tunable delay is achieved for a 10 GHz clock pulse with relative pulse width broaden ratio (RPWBR) of 2.08%. The power penalty is only 0.3 dB at 10 -9 BER for a 10 Gb/s 2 31-1 pseudo random bit sequence (PRBS) data.

  9. Thermal annealing of tilted fiber Bragg gratings

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    González-Vila, Á.; Rodríguez-Cobo, L.; Mégret, P.; Caucheteur, C.; López-Higuera, J. M.

    2016-05-01

    We report a practical study of the thermal decay of cladding mode resonances in tilted fiber Bragg gratings, establishing an analogy with the "power law" evolution previously observed on uniform gratings. We examine how this process contributes to a great thermal stability, even improving it by means of a second cycle slightly increasing the annealing temperature. In addition, we show an improvement of the grating spectrum after annealing, with respect to the one just after inscription, which suggests the application of this method to be employed to improve saturation issues during the photo-inscription process.

  10. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Harsh Environments

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    Mihailov, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    Because of their small size, passive nature, immunity to electromagnetic interference, and capability to directly measure physical parameters such as temperature and strain, fiber Bragg grating sensors have developed beyond a laboratory curiosity and are becoming a mainstream sensing technology. Recently, high temperature stable gratings based on regeneration techniques and femtosecond infrared laser processing have shown promise for use in extreme environments such as high temperature, pressure or ionizing radiation. Such gratings are ideally suited for energy production applications where there is a requirement for advanced energy system instrumentation and controls that are operable in harsh environments. This paper will present a review of some of the more recent developments. PMID:22438744

  11. Long-period fiber phase grating devices

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    Stegall, David Brian

    In recent years, the explosive growth of the internet has virtually surpassed the limits of the global communications infrastructure. As a result, the fiber- optic communications industry is spearheading research and development to transmit information at ever increasing rates and over longer distances. The industry faces several obstacles to improving the performance of these systems. One problem is dispersion, which manifests at faster transmission rates when pulse spreading and distortion scramble the signal. Furthermore, high transmission powers needed for longer distances introduce deleterious optical nonlinearity phenomenon. Several waveguide and bulk devices have been implemented to address these issues, but each have shortcomings. Many of these problems and challenges have also impacted other fiber-optic industries, such as sensor systems. Long- period optical fiber gratings pose simple solutions to these problems and offer novel applications previously impractical through any other means. In this dissertation, research is presented in which modeling and fabrication of long-period gratings is improved over existing techniques by incorporating the effects of waveguide dispersion. An arbitrary dispersion also can be introduced into a long-period grating intentionally and a theoretical examination is made relating the chirp of a long-period grating and the resulting dispersion. In addition, several device applications such as a biological sensor and the concept of an actively controlled transmission spectrum of a long-period grating are explored. Finally, multiple in-series Bragg and long- period gratings are investigated for novel device configurations.

  12. Fiber Bragg Grating Filter High Temperature Sensors

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    Lyons, Donald R.; Brass, Eric D.; Pencil, Eric (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We present a scaled-down method for determining high temperatures using fiber-based Bragg gratings. Bragg gratings are distributed along the length of the optical fiber, and have high reflectivities whenever the optical wavelength is twice the grating spacing. These spatially distinct Bragg regions (located in the core of a fiber) are sensitive to local temperature changes. Since these fibers are silica-based they are easily affected by localized changes in temperature, which results in changes to both the grating spacing and the wavelength reflectivity. We exploit the shift in wavelength reflectivity to measure the change in the local temperature. Note that the Bragg region (sensing area) is some distance away from where the temperature is being measured. This is done so that we can measure temperatures that are much higher than the damage threshold of the fiber. We do this by affixing the fiber with the Bragg sensor to a material with a well-known coefficient of thermal expansion, and model the heat gradient from the region of interest to the actual sensor. The research described in this paper will culminate in a working device as well as be the second portion of a publication pending submission to Optics Letters.

  13. Automatic arc discharge technology for inscribing long period fiber gratings.

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    Yin, Guolu; Tang, Jian; Liao, Changrui; Wang, Yiping

    2016-05-10

    We experimentally demonstrate an automatic arc discharge technology for inscribing high-quality long period fiber gratings (LPFGs) with greatly improved inscription efficiency for single mode fiber (SMF) and photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The proposed technology was developed by implementing an embedded program in a commercial fusion splicer. In addition, the improved technology employs an ultraprecision motorized translation stage, and the tensioning mass required by conventional technology was eliminated. While hundreds of arc discharges are generally required by conventional technology, only 30 and 60 arc discharges were required to inscribe LPFGs with dip attenuations of 30 and 20 dB for SMF and PCF, respectively. PMID:27168306

  14. Dual polarization fiber grating laser hydrophone.

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    Guan, Bai-Ou; Tan, Yan-Nan; Tam, Hwa-Yaw

    2009-10-26

    A novel fiber optic hydrophone based on the integration of a dual polarization fiber grating laser and an elastic diaphragm is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The diaphragm transforms the acoustic pressure into transversal force acting on the laser cavity which changes the fiber birefringence and therefore the beat frequency between the two polarization lines. The proposed hydrophone has advantages of ease of interrogation, absolute frequency encoding, and capability to multiplex a number of sensors on a single fiber by use of frequency division multiplexing technique. PMID:19997174

  15. Post-exposed fiber Bragg gratings

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    Miller, Gary A.

    This thesis explains the development and characterization of a novel technique to fabricate weak fiber Bragg gratings for highly specific multi-element sensor arrays. This method, termed the "rescan technique," involves re-exposing a local region of a grating to fringeless ultraviolet light to "trim" unwanted portions of the reflection spectrum. The spectral effects that result from a rescan can only be adequately described by inventing the concept of a three-dimensional index growth surface, where induced index is a function of both the writing intensity and the exposure time. Using this information, it is possible to predict the spectral response of a rescanned grating using a numerical model. For our model, we have modified the piecewise-uniform approach to include coefficients within the coupled-mode formulism that imitate the same scattering properties as the actual grating. By taking high accuracy measurements of the refractive index change in germanosilicate fiber, we have created the necessary 3D map of photoinduced index to accurately model gratings and their post-exposure spectra. We will also demonstrate that optical fiber exhibits what we call "exposure history"; the final index change in a region depends on the previous exposures conditions.

  16. High-sensitivity high-resolution refractometry with twin turn-around-point long-period gratings in a photonic crystal fiber

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    Kanka, Jiri

    2013-05-01

    We present the numerical design of a turn-around-point long-period grating in a photonic crystal fiber (TAP PCFLPG) for high-sensitivity, high-resolution refractometry of gases. High refractive-index sensitivity is achieved by operating LPGs in the vicinity of the dispersion turning point of the optimized PCF. Despite the resonant wavelength of the optimized PCF-LPG is highly sensitive to the refractive index of analytes, its large shifts could be monitored with a reduced resolution because the resonance dip in the TAP LPG transmission spectrum is broad. To provide also high refractive-index resolution, twin TAP-LPGs have been proposed to be used as 3 dB broadband mode converters in the interferometric scheme. The first LPG couples a portion of the light in the core mode to a forward propagating cladding mode and the second LPG couples the light back to the core mode. The resulting interference fringes within the envelope of LPG attenuation dip provide a means for higher resolution sensing. Instead of monitoring the wavelength shift as a result of a refractive index change, the transmission spectrum can also be analyzed in terms of the shift in phase suffered by the fringe pattern. This is a more accurate way of interpreting the interferometric sensor measurements, since the phase shift is a direct result of an analyte-induced change in optical path length.

  17. High-speed fiber grating pressure sensors

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    Udd, Eric; Rodriguez, George; Sandberg, Richard L.

    2014-06-01

    Fiber grating pressure sensors have been used to support pressure measurements associated with burn, deflagration and detonation of energetic materials. This paper provides an overview of this technology and serves as a companion paper to the application of this technology to measuring pressure during high speed impacts.

  18. Top-hat random fiber Bragg grating.

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    Yin, Hongwei; Gbadebo, Adenowo; Turitsyna, Elena G

    2015-08-01

    We examined the possibility of using noise or pseudo-random variations of the refractive index in the design of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). We demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that top-hat FBGs may be designed and fabricated using this approach. The reflectivity of the fabricated top-hat FBG matches quite well with that of the designed one. PMID:26258365

  19. Optical characteristics of bending multimode superstructure fiber gratings.

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    Fu, Ming-Yue; Liu, Wen-Fung; Sheng, Hao-Jan; Ai, Lung; Peng, Hsin-Wen; Tien, Chuen-Lin

    2009-09-01

    The dispersion characteristics of superstructure fiber gratings written in multimode fibers and side-polished multimode fibers are investigated at different bending curvatures. The experimental results show that the group time delay in multimode superstructure fiber gratings can be tuned more easily than that of superstructure gratings in single-mode fiber. This method can provide tunable dispersion of superstructure fiber gratings by controlling the bending curvatures for application in dispersion compensators, fiber sensors, or suitable optical filters of optical communication systems. PMID:19724306

  20. Liquid crystal on subwavelength metal gratings

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    Palto, S. P.; Barnik, M. I.; Artemov, V. V.; Shtykov, N. M.; Geivandov, A. R.; Yudin, S. G.; Gorkunov, M. V.

    2015-06-14

    Optical and electrooptical properties of a system consisting of subwavelength metal gratings and nematic liquid crystal layer are studied. Aluminium gratings that also act as interdigitated electrodes are produced by focused ion beam lithography. It is found that a liquid crystal layer strongly influences both the resonance and light polarization properties characteristic of the gratings. Enhanced transmittance is observed not only for the TM-polarized light in the near infrared spectral range but also for the TE-polarized light in the visible range. Although the electrodes are separated by nanosized slits, and the electric field is strongly localized near the surface, a pronounced electrooptical effect is registered. The effect is explained in terms of local reorientation of liquid crystal molecules at the grating surface and propagation of the orientational deformation from the surface into the bulk of the liquid crystal layer.

  1. Fiber-bragg grating-loop ringdown method and apparatus

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    Wang, Chuji

    2008-01-29

    A device comprising a fiber grating loop ringdown (FGLRD) system of analysis is disclosed. A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) or Long-Period grating (LPG) written in a section of single mode fused silica fiber is incorporated into a fiber loop. By utilizing the wing areas of the gratings' bandwidth as a wavelength dependent attenuator of the light transmission, a fiber grating loop ringdown concept is formed. One aspect of the present invention is temperature sensing, which has been demonstrated using the disclosed device. Temperature measurements in the areas of accuracy, stability, high temperature, and dynamic range are also described.

  2. Writing Bragg Gratings in Multicore Fibers.

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    Lindley, Emma Y; Min, Seong-Sik; Leon-Saval, Sergio G; Cvetojevic, Nick; Lawrence, Jon; Ellis, Simon C; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss

    2016-01-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings in multicore fibers can be used as compact and robust filters in astronomical and other research and commercial applications. Strong suppression at a single wavelength requires that all cores have matching transmission profiles. These gratings cannot be inscribed using the same method as for single-core fibers because the curved surface of the cladding acts as a lens, focusing the incoming UV laser beam and causing variations in exposure between cores. Therefore we use an additional optical element to ensure that the beam shape does not change while passing through the cross-section of the multicore fiber. This consists of a glass capillary tube which has been polished flat on one side, which is then placed over the section of the fiber to be inscribed. The laser beam enters the fiber through the flat surface of the capillary tube and hence maintains its original dimensions. This paper demonstrates the improvements in core-to-core uniformity for a 7-core fiber using this method. The technique can be generalized to larger multicore fibers. PMID:27167576

  3. Optical coupling between a long-period fiber grating and a parallel tilted fiber Bragg grating.

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    Liu, Yunqi; Liu, Qing; Chiang, Kin Seng

    2009-06-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the contradirectional optical coupling between two parallel fibers that contain a long-period fiber grating and a tilted fiber Bragg grating, respectively. Strong coupling occurs between the cladding modes of the same order over the overlapped resonance bands of the two gratings. By optimizing the coupling conditions, we achieve a peak coupling efficiency of approximately 80% at approximately 1,534 nm with a 3 dB bandwidth of approximately 0.12 nm and a side-mode suppression ratio of approximately 16 dB, regardless of which fiber light is launched into. This coupler configuration can be explored for the development of narrow-band all-fiber optical components. PMID:19488162

  4. Sensing features of long period gratings in hollow core fibers.

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    Iadicicco, Agostino; Campopiano, Stefania

    2015-01-01

    We report on the investigation of the sensing features of the Long-Period fiber Gratings (LPGs) fabricated in hollow core photonic crystal fibers (HC-PCFs) by the pressure assisted Electric Arc Discharge (EAD) technique. In particular, the characterization of the LPG in terms of shift in resonant wavelengths and changes in attenuation band depth to the environmental parameters: strain, temperature, curvature, refractive index and pressure is presented. The achieved results show that LPGs in HC-PCFs represent a novel high performance sensing platform for measurements of different physical parameters including strain, temperature and, especially, for measurements of environmental pressure. The pressure sensitivity enhancement is about four times greater if we compare LPGs in HC and standard fibers. Moreover, differently from LPGs in standard fibers, these LPGs realized in innovative fibers, i.e., the HC-PCFs, are not sensitive to surrounding refractive index. PMID:25855037

  5. Sensing Features of Long Period Gratings in Hollow Core Fibers

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    Iadicicco, Agostino; Campopiano, Stefania

    2015-01-01

    We report on the investigation of the sensing features of the Long-Period fiber Gratings (LPGs) fabricated in hollow core photonic crystal fibers (HC-PCFs) by the pressure assisted Electric Arc Discharge (EAD) technique. In particular, the characterization of the LPG in terms of shift in resonant wavelengths and changes in attenuation band depth to the environmental parameters: strain, temperature, curvature, refractive index and pressure is presented. The achieved results show that LPGs in HC-PCFs represent a novel high performance sensing platform for measurements of different physical parameters including strain, temperature and, especially, for measurements of environmental pressure. The pressure sensitivity enhancement is about four times greater if we compare LPGs in HC and standard fibers. Moreover, differently from LPGs in standard fibers, these LPGs realized in innovative fibers, i.e., the HC-PCFs, are not sensitive to surrounding refractive index. PMID:25855037

  6. Metal embedded Fiber Brag Grating Sensors

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    Khanal, Chooda; Vargas, Garman; Balani, Kantesh; Keshri, Anup; Barbosa, Carmen; Agarwal, Arvind; Panepucci, Roberto

    2009-03-01

    A novel method of embedding optical fibers and optical fiber sensors, inside metallic structures will be discussed. We specifically report results for embedding fiber bragg grating sensors in an aluminum coating onto a steel plate. Characterization of an embedded FBG sensor and its effects on the sensor operation are also presented. Temperature sensitivity and the strain sensitivity will be discussed. The novel high throughput deposition method show the potential of embedding optical sensors onto metallic structures which make it suitable for many engineering applications in biomedical, civil, mechanical and aeronautical, among other fields.

  7. Measuring Bragg gratings in multimode optical fibers.

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    Schmid, Markus J; Müller, Mathias S

    2015-03-23

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) in multimode optical fibers provide a means for cost-effictive devices resulting in simplified and robust optic sensor systems. Parasitic mode effects in optical components of the entire measurement system strongly influence the measured multi-resonance reflection spectrum. Using a mode transfer matrix formalism we can describe these complex mode coupling effects in multimode optical systems in more detail. We demonstrate the accordance of the theory by two experiments. With this formalism it is possible to understand and optimize mode effects in multimode fiber optic systems. PMID:25837146

  8. Fiber Bragg grating cryogenic temperature sensors

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    Gupta, Sanjay; Mizunami, Toru; Yamao, Takashi; Shimomura, Teruo

    1996-09-01

    Temperature sensing to as low as 80 K was demonstrated with 1.55- mu m fiber Bragg gratings. The gratings were bonded on substrates to increase sensitivity, and a shift of the reflection wavelength was measured. The temperature sensitivity was 0.02 nm/K at 100 K when an aluminum substrate was used and 0.04 nm/K at 100 K when a poly(methyl methacrylate) substrate was used. These values are smaller than those at room temperature because of the nonlinearity of both the thermal expansion and the thermo-optic effect. Extension to the liquid helium temperature is also discussed.

  9. Intracore and extracore examination of fiber gratings with coherent detection

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    Froggatt, Mark Earl

    2001-06-01

    This thesis introduces several new methods of measurement to aid in the production and evaluation of Bragg gratings in optical fiber. Five measurements are described: UV fringe visualization for grating production, weak grating measurement for distributed sensing, strong grating measurement for telecommunication applications, second harmonic grating measurement for grating chirp assessment, and grating visualization using radiation diffraction from strong Bragg gratings. The weak grating measurement for distributed strain sensing is a summary of work published prior to beginning the thesis research, and is provided for background purposes. The UV fringe visualization is accomplished by using a phase mask very close to the plane of the fiber to diffract the incoming beams used to write the Bragg grating into nearly parallel alignment, leading to macroscopic fringes indicative of the phase, frequency, amplitude, and contrast of the microscopic fringes incident on the fiber. The weak grating measurement uses Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) to measure the spatial distribution of the coupling strength of weak gratings. Included in the description of the OFDR technique are recent advances in the precision monitoring of the emission wavelength of tunable lasers. The precise monitoring of wavelength is critical to the functioning of OFDR. The strong grating measurement is based on a modified form of OFDR and an analysis of the problem in the time and frequency domains to produce accurate measurements of both the reflection and transmission Transfer Functions for Bragg gratings. This measurement technique is also applicable to a wide variety of optical fiber devices, and is shown to be scalable to multiple port devices. The second-harmonic measurement for grating chirp analysis is similar to the weak grating measurement, but it was done at a wavelength resonant with the second- harmonic grating in the fiber-780 nm for 1550 nm reflection gratings. The second

  10. Simulation-guided design and fabrication of long-period gratings in photonic crystal fiber as refractive index transduction platform for multi-parameter sensing

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    He, Zonghu

    2011-12-01

    Fiber optic sensing technology based on conventional, all-solid optical fiber has been broadly used for chemical and biological sensing and detection. The advent of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) offers transformative opportunities due to its unique waveguiding and microstructural features. Incorporating long period gratings (LPG) in PCF has the potential to further catapult LPG-PCF based sensing technology in terms of greatly improved sensing capabilities and significantly expanded field of applications. This doctoral dissertation aims to synergistically integrate LPG and index guiding PCF as refractive index transduction platform to explore its potential for multi-parameter sensing and measurements. The phase matching conditions, core mode to cladding mode coupling, and power overlap were theoretically simulated to aid in the design and fabrication of the LPG-PCF platform using CO2 laser. For sensing of aqueous solutions, we developed a novel means of LPG fabrication while maintaining a steady liquid flow in the PCF air channels. This approach greatly improves the quality and reproducibility of the fabrication process. More importantly, it helps preserve the general resonance coupling condition when an aqueous analyte solution is probed. We have theoretically predicted and experimentally achieved a sensitivity of ˜10-7 refractive index unit using our fabricated LPG-PCF platform due to the strong overlap between the cladding mode evanescent field and the analyte within the PCF air channels. For label-free biosensing, we integrated the LPG-PCF with a home-build microfluidic flow cell that can be optically coupled with the sensing platform while allowing continuous flow of the reagents. As a result, we have demonstrated the ability to monitor a series of surface binding events in situ. Our LPG-PCF is able to consistently detect monolayer biomolecular binding events with a measured resonance wavelength shift of about 0.75 nm per nanometer thick layer formed. Overall

  11. Tailored draw tower fiber Bragg gratings for various sensing applications

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    Lindner, Eric; Mörbitz, Julia; Chojetzki, Christoph; Becker, Martin; Brückner, Sven; Schuster, Kay; Rothhardt, Manfred; Willsch, Reinhardt; Bartelt, H.

    2012-02-01

    The idea of fabricating fiber Bragg gratings during the drawing process of an optical fiber dates back almost 20 years. The application of a transverse holographic writing method on a fiber draw tower offers a promising solution for a highly effective Bragg grating production. Because of the high technology requirements it took more than 10 years to develop the method into a reliable process. The improvements in the technical development during the last five years enable today a cost efficient industrial production of draw tower grating (DTG®) arrays. In this paper we report about new possibilities of the improved process with respect to the grating type (type I gratings, type II gratings), the coating type (2ORMOCER®, metals) and the fiber diameter (125μm, 80μm and below). Furthermore, we present an example for the application of draw tower fiber Bragg gratings in sensing technologies for medical applications.

  12. Demountable connection for polymer optical fiber grating sensors

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    Abang, Ada; Webb, David J.

    2012-08-01

    The authors fabricated a demountable Ferrule connector/Physical contact connection between silica fiber and a polymer optical fiber (POF) containing a fiber Bragg grating. The use of a connector for POF grating sensors eliminates the limitations of ultraviolet glued connections and increases the ease with which the devices can be applied to real-world measurement tasks.

  13. Hydrogen loading to the optic fibers for fiber grating sensors

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    Xiao, Chun; Zhang, Wen-yu; Zhu, Yuan; Pan, Zhi-yong

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, fibers with different depths of hermetically coated carbon are hydrogen loaded and radiated, and it's found that too thick of carbon layer around fiber can't bring best radiation-resistant properties, because the thick carbon layer would make the entering of hydrogen difficult although it can help to stop the hydrogen escaping. We also research the duration of saturated hydrogen loading under the temperature of 60°C and 100°C respectively, and it's found that after 120h and 48h, the fibers' photo sensitivities tend to be flat. We also reload hydrogen into the fibers which have been loaded once, and these fibers are etched then, this help us to deep understand the mechanism of hydrogen loading for the fiber gratings.

  14. Theory of Fiber Optical Bragg Grating: Revisited

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    Tai, H.

    2003-01-01

    The reflected signature of an optical fiber Bragg grating is analyzed using the transfer function method. This approach is capable to cast all relevant quantities into proper places and provides a better physical understanding. The relationship between reflected signal, number of periods, index of refraction, and reflected wave phase is elucidated. The condition for which the maximum reflectivity is achieved is fully examined. We also have derived an expression to predict the reflectivity minima accurately when the reflected wave is detuned. Furthermore, using the segmented potential approach, this model can handle arbitrary index of refraction profiles and compare the strength of optical reflectivity of different profiles. The condition of a non-uniform grating is also addressed.

  15. Fiber Bragg grating sensors for monitoring of wind turbine blades

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    Krebber, K.; Habel, W.; Gutmann, T.; Schram, C.

    2005-05-01

    Fiber Bragg grating sensor arrays can be used to monitor the mechanical behavior of rotor blades of wind turbines. In order to investigate how stable and reliably work such sensors, different fiber Bragg gratings were embedded into textilereinforced composite. Long-term temperature and tensile (fatigue) tests have been carried out with composite structure specimens. This paper reports on selected results of the tests and discusses important reliability aspects with regard to the fiber design and the fiber material.

  16. Emergence of self-organized long-period fiber gratings in supercontinuum-generating optical fibers

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    Tu, Haohua; Liang, Xing; Marks, Daniel L.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2010-01-01

    A localized long-period fiber grating emerges in a silica optical fiber transmitting femtosecond pulse-induced supercontinuum. Simultaneously, a specific higher-order fiber cladding mode associated with the grating gains amplification at the expense of the fiber core mode. The grating has a period dependent on the dielectric structure of the fiber and is therefore classified as a self-organized structure. PMID:19252587

  17. Fiber Bragg gratings for microwave photonics subsystems.

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    Wang, Chao; Yao, Jianping

    2013-09-23

    Microwave photonics (MWP) is an emerging filed in which photonic technologies are employed to enable and enhance functionalities in microwave systems which are usually very challenging to fulfill directly in the microwave domain. Various photonic devices have been used to achieve the functions. A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is one of the key components in microwave photonics systems due to its unique features such as flexible spectral characteristics, low loss, light weight, compact footprint, and inherent compatibility with other fiber-optic devices. In this paper, we discuss the recent development in employing FBGs for various microwave photonics subsystems, with an emphasis on subsystems for microwave photonic signal processing and microwave arbitrary waveform generation. The limitations and potential solutions are also discussed. PMID:24104174

  18. Magnetomechanically induced long period fiber gratings

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    Causado-Buelvas, Jesus D.; Gomez-Cardona, Nelson D.; Torres, Pedro

    2008-04-15

    In this work, we report a simple, flexible method to create long period fiber gratings mechanically by controlling the repulsion/attraction force between two magnets that pressing a plate with a periodic array of small glass cylinders to a short length of optical fiber. Via the photoelastic effect, the pressure points induce the required periodic refractive index modulation to create the LPFG. We found that the induced device exhibits spectral characteristics similar to those of other types of LPFG. As the optical properties of LPFGs are directly related to the nature of the applied perturbations, we show, to our knowledge for the frrst time, how is the evolution of birefringence effects in mechanically induced LPFGs.

  19. Liquid crystal filled diffraction gratings

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    Jepsen, Mary Lou

    1997-12-01

    Liquid crystal technology is becoming increasingly important for flat displays in electronics, computers and TV. Most liquid crystal displays currently made have as their basic unit, two flat surfaces each coated with a transparent, conductive layer, between which a thin layer of liquid crystals is sandwiched. The work detailed in this dissertation is based on a modification of the basic liquid crystal unit and studies the properties of structures which consist of certain anisotropic liquid crystals confined between a flat substrate and a corrugated one, each substrate being transparent and having a thin trans-parent conductive coating. Without an applied electric field, the refractive indices of the liquid crystal and corrugated substrate do not match, and thus strong diffraction occurs. When an electric field is applied to the device, the liquid crystals are re-oriented so that the refractive indices now match, and the device behaves as a uniform slab of homogeneous material producing no diffraction. Rigorous coupled wave analysis was developed to design the ideal devices and analyze the performance of our experimental ones. 99% diffraction efficiencies in single wavelength polarized illumination are shown to be possible with this class of devices. The best device we fabricated showed a 62% distraction efficiency, as our fabrication process roughened the top surface of the device so that (≃30%) of the incident light was lost to scatter. Several new fabrication processes are proposed to eliminate this scatter problem, and that details of fabrication processes thus far attempted are outlined.

  20. Zeolite thin film-coated long period fiber grating sensor for measuring trace chemical.

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    Zhang, Jian; Tang, Xiling; Dong, Junhang; Wei, Tao; Xiao, Hai

    2008-05-26

    This paper reports the development of a new zeolite thin film-coated long period fiber grating (LPFG) sensor for direct measurement of trace organic vapors. The sensor was fabricated by growing pure silica MFI-type zeolite thin film on the optical fiber grating by in situ hydrothermal crystallization. The sensor measures chemical vapor concentration by monitoring the molecular adsorption-induced shift of LPFG resonant wavelength (lambda(R)) in near infrared (IR) region. Upon loading analyte molecules, the zeolite's refractive index changes in the close vicinity of the fiber index where the LPFG has a large response to achieve high sensitivity. PMID:18545545

  1. Long-period gratings in photonic crystal fibers operating near the phase-matching turning point for evanescent chemical and biochemical sensing

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    Kanka, Jiri

    2012-06-01

    Fiber-optic long-period grating (LPG) operating near the dispersion turning point in its phase matching curve (PMC), referred to as a Turn Around Point (TAP) LPG, is known to be extremely sensitive to external parameters. Moreover, in a TAP LPG the phase matching condition can be almost satisfied over large spectral range, yielding a broadband LPG operation. TAP LPGs have been investigated, namely for use as broadband mode convertors and biosensors. So far TAP LPGs have been realized in specially designed or post-processed conventional fibers, not yet in PCFs, which allow a great degree of freedom in engineering the fiber's dispersion properties through the control of the PCF structural parameters. We have developed the design optimization technique for TAP PCF LPGs employing the finite element method for PCF modal analysis in a combination with the Nelder-Mead simplex method for minimizing the objective function based on target-specific PCF properties. Using this tool we have designed TAP PCF LPGs for specified wavelength ranges and refractive indices of medium in the air holes. Possible TAP PCF-LPG operational regimes - dual-resonance, broadband mode conversion and transmitted intensity-based operation - will be demonstrated numerically. Potential and limitations of TAP PCF-LPGs for evanescent chemical and biochemical sensing will be assessed.

  2. Trends and future of fiber Bragg grating sensing technologies: tailored draw tower gratings (DTGs)

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    Lindner, E.; Hartung, A.; Hoh, D.; Chojetzki, C.; Schuster, K.; Bierlich, J.; Rothhardt, M.

    2014-05-01

    Today fiber Bragg gratings are commonly used in sensing technology as well as in telecommunications. Numerous requirements must be satisfied for their application as a sensor such as the number of sensors per system, the measurement resolution and repeatability, the sensor reusability as well as the sensor costs. In addition current challenges need to be met in the near future for sensing fibers to keep and extend their marketability such as the suitability for sterilization, hydrogen darkening or the separation of strain and temperature (or pressure and temperature). In this contribution we will give an outlook about trends and future of the fiber Bragg gratings in sensing technologies. Specifically, we will discuss how the use of draw tower grating technology enables the production of tailored Bragg grating sensing fibers, and we will present a method of separating strain and temperature by the use of a single Bragg grating only, avoiding the need for additional sensors to realize the commonly applied temperature compensation.

  3. Fiber optical Bragg grating sensors embedded in CFRP wires

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    Nellen, Philipp M.; Frank, Andreas; Broennimann, Rolf; Meier, Urs; Sennhauser, Urs J.

    1999-05-01

    Based on the example application of Emmenbridge, a newly built steel-concrete-composite bridge in Switzerland with 47 m long built-in carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) prestressing cables, we will present and analyze the process chain leading to a reliable surveillance of modern civil engineering structures with embedded fiber optical Bragg gratings. This consists first in the embedding of optical fibers and in-fiber Bragg gratings in long CFRP wires in an industrial environment, including fiber optical monitoring of the curing process. Then, various qualifying tests were done: annealing experiments for determining optical lifetime of the Bragg gratings used, dynamic and static tensile tests for estimating their mechanical lifetime under operation, push-out experiments to check adhesion of fiber/coating/matrix interfaces, and performance tests to determine strain and temperature sensitivity of the embedded Bragg gratings. Finally, the prestressing cables were equipped with the CFRP sensor wires and built into the bridge.

  4. Thermal activation of regenerated fiber Bragg grating in few mode fibers

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    Lai, Man-Hong; Gunawardena, Dinusha S.; Lim, Kok-Sing; Machavaram, Venkata R.; Lee, Say-Hoe; Chong, Wu-Yi; Lee, Yen-Sian; Ahmad, Harith

    2016-03-01

    This work demonstrated for the first time, the thermal regeneration of two and four modes graded index fiber Bragg gratings using high temperature tube furnace. During the regeneration process, the seed grating is erased and a new grating with lower index contrast is formed. The thermal calibration shows that the temperature sensitivity of regenerated grating is slightly higher for fiber with larger core. On the other hand, the regeneration temperature is lower for fiber with smaller core. The temperature sustainability up to 900 °C is observed for the produced regenerated gratings in few mode fibers.

  5. Periodic waves in fiber Bragg gratings

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    Chow, K. W.; Merhasin, Ilya M.; Malomed, Boris A.; Nakkeeran, K.; Senthilnathan, K.; Wai, P. K. A.

    2008-02-15

    We construct two families of exact periodic solutions to the standard model of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with Kerr nonlinearity. The solutions are named ''sn'' and ''cn'' waves, according to the elliptic functions used in their analytical representation. The sn wave exists only inside the FBG's spectral bandgap, while waves of the cn type may only exist at negative frequencies ({omega}<0), both inside and outside the bandgap. In the long-wave limit, the sn and cn families recover, respectively, the ordinary gap solitons, and (unstable) antidark and dark solitons. Stability of the periodic solutions is checked by direct numerical simulations and, in the case of the sn family, also through the calculation of instability growth rates for small perturbations. Although, rigorously speaking, all periodic solutions are unstable, a subfamily of practically stable sn waves, with a sufficiently large spatial period and {omega}>0, is identified. However, the sn waves with {omega}<0, as well as all cn solutions, are strongly unstable.

  6. Review of High-Speed Fiber Optic Grating Sensors Systems

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    Udd, E; Benterou, J; May, C; Mihailov, S J; Lu, P

    2010-03-24

    Fiber grating sensors can be used to support a wide variety of high speed measurement applications. This includes measurements of vibrations on bridges, traffic monitoring on freeways, ultrasonic detection to support non-destructive tests on metal plates and providing details of detonation events. This paper provides a brief overview of some of the techniques that have been used to support high speed measurements using fiber grating sensors over frequency ranges from 10s of kHz, to MHZ and finally toward frequencies approaching the GHz regime. Very early in the development of fiber grating sensor systems it was realized that a high speed fiber grating sensor system could be realized by placing an optical filter that might be a fiber grating in front of a detector so that spectral changes in the reflection from a fiber grating were amplitude modulated. In principal the only limitation on this type of system involved the speed of the output detector which with the development of high speed communication links moved from the regime of 10s of MHz toward 10s of GHz. The earliest deployed systems involved civil structures including measurements of the strain fields on composite utility poles and missile bodies during break tests, bridges and freeways. This was followed by a series of developments that included high speed fiber grating sensors to support nondestructive testing via ultrasonic wave detection, high speed machining and monitoring ship hulls. Each of these applications involved monitoring mechanical motion of structures and thus interest was in speeds up to a few 10s of MHz. Most recently there has been interest in using fiber grating to monitor the very high speed events such as detonations and this has led to utilization of fiber gratings that are consumed during an event that may require detection speeds of hundreds of MHz and in the future multiple GHz.

  7. High speed demodulation systems for fiber optic grating sensors

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    Udd, Eric (Inventor); Weisshaar, Andreas (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    Fiber optic grating sensor demodulation systems are described that offer high speed and multiplexing options for both single and multiple parameter fiber optic grating sensors. To attain very high speeds for single parameter fiber grating sensors ratio techniques are used that allow a series of sensors to be placed in a single fiber while retaining high speed capability. These methods can be extended to multiparameter fiber grating sensors. Optimization of speeds can be obtained by minimizing the number of spectral peaks that must be processed and it is shown that two or three spectral peak measurements may in specific multiparameter applications offer comparable or better performance than processing four spectral peaks. Combining the ratio methods with minimization of peak measurements allows very high speed measurement of such important environmental effects as transverse strain and pressure.

  8. High Speed Measurements using Fiber-optic Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Benterou, J J; May, C A; Udd, E; Mihailov, S J; Lu, P

    2011-03-26

    Fiber grating sensors may be used to monitor high-speed events that include catastrophic failure of structures, ultrasonic testing and detonations. This paper provides insights into the utility of fiber grating sensors to measure structural changes under extreme conditions. An emphasis is placed on situations where there is a structural discontinuity. Embedded chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) sensors can track the very high-speed progress of detonation waves (6-9 km/sec) inside energetic materials. This paper discusses diagnostic instrumentation and analysis techniques used to measure these high-speed events.

  9. Fabrication of Fiber Optic Grating Apparatus and Method

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    Wang, Ying (Inventor); Sharma, Anup (Inventor); Grant, Joseph (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    An apparatus and method for forming a Bragg grating on an optical fiber using a phase mask to diffract a beam of coherent energy and a lens combined with a pair of mirrors to produce two symmetrical virtual point sources of coherent energy in the plane of the optical fiber. The two virtual light sources produce an interference pattern along the optical fiber. In a further embodiment, the period of the pattern and therefore the Bragg wavelength grating applied to the fiber is varied with the position of the optical fiber relative the lens.

  10. Automated flexure testing of axially rotated optical fiber gratings

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    Bachim, B. L.; Gaylord, T. K.

    2002-10-01

    The design and performance of an automated system for flexure testing of optical fiber gratings is described. In addition to flexing (bending) a fiber grating through a specified curvature range, the system can change the axial rotational orientation of the grating relative to the plane of curvature. Flexure is accomplished by holding the grating against a smooth plastic platform. A linear stage deflects the center of the pinned platform to create a curved surface. Two small weights, hanging on the optical fiber, hold the fiber grating against the curved platform and provide constant tension on the optical fiber over the entire range of curvatures. The fiber grating is axially rotated to a different orientation by returning the platform to zero curvature, removing the weights from the optical fiber, and rotating the optical fiber about its axis using a pair of rotation stages. After replacing the weights on the optical fiber, flexure testing resumes at the new axial rotational orientation. The grating transmission spectrum during flexure is monitored with a broadband source and optical spectrum analyzer. All of these steps are done in an automated fashion (unattended) under computer program control. The testing system allows complete characterization of the fiber grating response for curvatures from 0 to 4 m-1 and for axial rotational orientations from 0° to 360°. Use of this automated test fixture eliminates the need for human intervention during the measurements and greatly decreases the testing time while still allowing complete characterization of the flexure response with axial rotational orientation as a parameter. Additional advantages of the testing system include an absolute zero curvature starting position, an absence of hysteresis effects, and accurate frictionless rotation.

  11. Direct infrared femtosecond laser inscription of chirped fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Antipov, Sergei; Ams, Martin; Williams, Robert J; Magi, Eric; Withford, Michael J; Fuerbach, Alexander

    2016-01-11

    We compare and contrast novel techniques for the fabrication of chirped broadband fiber Bragg gratings by ultrafast laser inscription. These methods enable the inscription of gratings with flexible period profiles and thus tailored reflection and dispersion characteristics in non-photosensitive optical fibers. Up to 19.5 cm long chirped gratings with a spectral bandwidth of up to 30 nm were fabricated and the grating dispersion was characterized. A maximum group delay of almost 2 ns was obtained for linearly chirped gratings with either normal or anomalous group velocity dispersion, demonstrating the potential for using these gratings for dispersion compensation. Coupling to cladding modes was reduced by careful design of the inscribed modification features. PMID:26832235

  12. A multi-wavelength fiber laser based on superimposed fiber grating and chirp fiber Bragg grating for wavelength selection

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    Wang, Feng; Bi, Wei-hong; Fu, Xing-hu; Jiang, Peng; Wu, Yang

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a new type of multi-wavelength fiber laser is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. Superimposed fiber grating (SIFG) and chirp fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) are used for wavelength selection. Based on gain equalization technology, by finely adjusting the stress device in the cavity, the gain and loss are equal, so as to suppress the modal competition and achieve multi-wavelength lasing at room temperature. The experimental results show that the laser can output stable multi-wavelength lasers simultaneously. The laser coupling loss is small, the structure is simple, and it is convenient for integration, so it can be widely used in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) system and optical fiber sensors.

  13. Dynamic fiber Bragg grating sensing method

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    Ho, Siu Chun Michael; Ren, Liang; Li, Hongnan; Song, Gangbing

    2016-02-01

    The measurement of high frequency vibrations is important in many scientific and engineering problems. This paper presents a novel, cost effective method using fiber optic fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) for the measurement of high frequency vibrations. The method uses wavelength matched FBG sensors, with the first sensor acting as a transmission filter and the second sensor acting as the sensing portion. Energy fluctuations in the reflection spectrum of the second FBG due to wavelength mismatch between the sensors are captured by a photodiode. An in-depth analysis of the optical circuit is provided to predict the behavior of the method as well as identify ways to optimize the method. Simple demonstrations of the method were performed with the FBG sensing system installed on a piezoelectric transducer and on a wind turbine blade. Vibrations were measured with sampling frequencies up to 1 MHz for demonstrative purposes. The sensing method can be multiplexed for use with multiple sensors, and with care, can be retrofitted to work with FBG sensors already installed on a structure.

  14. Multipoint sensor based on fiber Bragg gratings

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    Méndez-Zepeda, O.; Muñoz-Aguirre, S.; Beltrán-Pérez, G.; Castillo-Mixcóatl, J.

    2011-01-01

    In some control and industrial measurement systems of physical variables (pressure, temperature, flow, etc) it is necessary one system and one sensor to control each process. On the other hand, there are systems such as PLC (Programmable Logic Control), which can process several signals simultaneously. However it is still necessary to use one sensor for each variable. Therefore, in the present work the use of a multipoint sensor to solve such problem has been proposed. The sensor consists of an optical fiber laser with two Fabry-Perot cavities constructed using fiber Bragg gratings (FBG). In the same system is possible to measure changes in two variables by detecting the intermodal separation frequency of each cavity and evaluate their amplitudes. The intermodal separation frequency depends on each cavity length. The sensor signals are monitored through an oscilloscope or a PCI card and after that acquired by PC, where they are analyzed and displayed. Results of the evaluation of the intermodal frequency separation peak amplitude behavior with FBG stretching are presented.

  15. Amplitude-squeezed fiber-Bragg-grating solitons

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    Lee, R.-K.; Lai Yinchieh

    2004-02-01

    Quantum fluctuations of optical fiber-Bragg-grating solitons are investigated numerically by the back-propagation method. It is found that the band-gap effects of the grating act as a nonlinear filter and cause the soliton to be amplitude squeezed. The squeezing ratio saturates after a certain grating length and the optimal squeezing ratio occurs when the pulse energy is slightly above the fundamental soliton energy.

  16. All Fiber Grating (AFG): a new platform for fiber optic sensing technologies

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    Bai, Wei; Yu, Haihu; Jiang, Desheng; Yang, Minghong

    2015-09-01

    A versatile all fiber grating sensor network based on ultra-weak fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) was firstly proposed and demonstrated. On-line writing identically weak fiber Bragg grating array by the phase mask technique was developed. The sensing network is interrogated with time- and wavelength-division multiplexing method. The proposed ultra-weak FBG system was very promising for the large-scale sensing network.

  17. Fiber optic security seal including plural Bragg gratings

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    Forman, P.R.

    1994-09-27

    An optical security system enables the integrity of a container seal to be remotely interrogated. A plurality of Bragg gratings is written holographically into the core of at least one optical fiber placed about the container seal, where each Bragg grating has a predetermined location and a known frequency for reflecting incident light. A time domain reflectometer is provided with a variable frequency light output that corresponds to the reflecting frequencies of the Bragg gratings to output a signal that is functionally related to the location and reflecting frequency of each of the Bragg gratings. 2 figs.

  18. Fiber optic security seal including plural Bragg gratings

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    Forman, Peter R.

    1994-01-01

    An optical security system enables the integrity of a container seal to be remotely interrogated. A plurality of Bragg gratings is written holographically into the core of at least one optical fiber placed about the container seal, where each Bragg grating has a predetermined location and a known frequency for reflecting incident light. A time domain reflectometer is provided with a variable frequency light output that corresponds to the reflecting frequencies of the Bragg gratings to output a signal that is functionally related to the location and reflecting frequency of each of the Bragg gratings.

  19. Feasibility of Fiber Bragg Grating and Long-Period Fiber Grating Sensors under Different Environmental Conditions

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    Wang, Jian-Neng; Tang, Jaw-Luen

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the feasibility of utilizing fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and long-period fiber grating (LPFG) sensors for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of infrastructures using Portland cement concretes and asphalt mixtures for temperature, strain, and liquid-level monitoring. The use of hybrid FBG and LPFG sensors is aimed at utilizing the advantages of two kinds of fiber grating to implement NDE for monitoring strains or displacements, temperatures, and water-levels of infrastructures such as bridges, pavements, or reservoirs for under different environmental conditions. Temperature fluctuation and stability tests were examined using FBG and LPFG sensors bonded on the surface of asphalt and concrete specimens. Random walk coefficient (RWC) and bias stability (BS) were used for the first time to indicate the stability performance of fiber grating sensors. The random walk coefficients of temperature variations between FBG (or LPFG) sensor and a thermocouple were found in the range of −0.7499 °C/ h to −1.3548 °C/ h. In addition, the bias stability for temperature variations, during the fluctuation and stability tests with FBG (or LPFG) sensors were within the range of 0.01 °C/h with a 15–18 h time cluster to 0.09 °C/h with a 3–4 h time cluster. This shows that the performance of FBG or LPFG sensors is comparable with that of conventional high-resolution thermocouple sensors under rugged conditions. The strain measurement for infrastructure materials was conducted using a packaged FBG sensor bonded on the surface of an asphalt specimen under indirect tensile loading conditions. A finite element modeling (FEM) was applied to compare experimental results of indirect tensile FBG strain measurements. For a comparative analysis between experiment and simulation, the FEM numerical results agreed with those from FBG strain measurements. The results of the liquid-level sensing tests show the LPFG-based sensor could discriminate five stationary liquid

  20. Vibration sensing with fiber Bragg grating

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    Takahashi, Nobuaki; Yoshimura, Kazuto; Takahashi, Sumio

    2001-08-01

    The intensity of laser light is modulated when reflecting back from a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) which is glued onto a PZT vibrator and expands/contracts as the vibrator vibrates. The wavelength of the laser light is tuned to the slope of the FBG reflectance curve as a function of optical wavelength. Measuring the modulation component of the detected signal, we can directly observe mechanical vibration of the vibrator. The output of the sensor is stable and the involved harmonic component is below the system noise level. It is then believed that the sensor operation is linear. The sensitivity depends on the slope of the FBG reflection spectrum curve at the operating wavelength and is higher for the larger slope. The minimum amplitude of the vibrator measured in the experiment is 4.5 nm, which corresponds to the strain of 2.14 μstrain. Since not only an FBG has little influence on the object under measurement because of its small size and light weight but also its frequency characteristics are thought to be better than a PZT vibration sensor, i.e., the sensor can be used in a wide range of vibration frequency, an FBG is expected to provide us with an important tool of practicality for measuring mechanical vibration.

  1. Performance Evaluation of Fiber Bragg Gratings at Elevated Temperatures

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    Juergens, Jeffrey; Adamovsky, Grigory; Floyd, Bertram

    2004-01-01

    The development of integrated fiber optic sensors for smart propulsion systems demands that the sensors be able to perform in extreme environments. In order to use fiber optic sensors effectively in an extreme environment one must have a thorough understanding of the sensor s limits and how it responds under various environmental conditions. The sensor evaluation currently involves examining the performance of fiber Bragg gratings at elevated temperatures. Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) are periodic variations of the refractive index of an optical fiber. These periodic variations allow the FBG to act as an embedded optical filter passing the majority of light propagating through a fiber while reflecting back a narrow band of the incident light. The peak reflected wavelength of the FBG is known as the Bragg wavelength. Since the period and width of the refractive index variation in the fiber determines the wavelengths that are transmitted and reflected by the grating, any force acting on the fiber that alters the physical structure of the grating will change what wavelengths are transmitted and what wavelengths are reflected by the grating. Both thermal and mechanical forces acting on the grating will alter its physical characteristics allowing the FBG sensor to detect both temperature variations and physical stresses, strain, placed upon it. This ability to sense multiple physical forces makes the FBG a versatile sensor. This paper reports on test results of the performance of FBGs at elevated temperatures. The gratings looked at thus far have been either embedded in polymer matrix materials or freestanding with the primary focus of this paper being on the freestanding FBGs. Throughout the evaluation process, various parameters of the FBGs performance were monitored and recorded. These parameters include the peak Bragg wavelength, the power of the Bragg wavelength, and total power returned by the FBG. Several test samples were subjected to identical test conditions to

  2. Magneto-Optic Field Coupling in Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Carman, Gregory P. (Inventor); Mohanchandra, Panduranga K. (Inventor); Emmons, Michael C. (Inventor); Richards, William Lance (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    The invention is a magneto-optic coupled magnetic sensor that comprises a standard optical fiber Bragg grating system. The system includes an optical fiber with at least one Bragg grating therein. The optical fiber has at least an inner core and a cladding that surrounds the inner core. The optical fiber is part of an optical system that includes an interrogation device that provides a light wave through the optical fiber and a system to determine the change in the index of refraction of the optical fiber. The cladding of the optical fiber comprises at least a portion of which is made up of ferromagnetic particles so that the ferromagnetic particles are subject to the light wave provided by the interrogation system. When a magnetic field is present, the ferromagnetic particles change the optical properties of the sensor directly.

  3. Fiber optic Bragg grating sensors embedded in GFRP rockbolts

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    Frank, Andreas; Nellen, Philipp M.; Broennimann, Rolf; Sennhauser, Urs J.

    1999-05-01

    Rockbolt anchors for tunnel or mine roofs are key elements during construction and operation. We report on the fabrication of glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) rockbolts with embedded fiber optical Bragg grating sensors and their first field application in a test tunnel. Optical fibers and in-fiber Bragg grating sensors were embedded in GFRP rockbolts during a continuously ongoing pultrusion process on an industrial production machine. Depending on their outer diameter the rods equipped with fiber sensors serve as measuring rockbolts or as extensometric sensors for the motion of boulders in the tunnel roof. The adhesion and force transfer of different fiber coatings were tested by push-out experiments. By temperature and strain cycle tests the performance of the rockbolt sensors was evaluated. We will present these results and the measurements made during a first installation of fiber optical rockbolt sensors in a tunnel.

  4. Free water in fuel sensor using fiber long period grating

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    Zhang, W.; Grice, S.; Sugden, K.; Bennion, I.

    2011-05-01

    A fiber optic free water in fuel (WIF) sensor is proposed by utilizing a long period fiber grating (LPFG). The existence of free water in fuel is indicated by the appearance of a characteristic loss band. The free water level in fuel can be determined by measuring the transmissions of two characteristic loss bands.

  5. Visible wavelength fiber Bragg gratings: thermal and strain sensitivities

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    Loren Inácio, Patrícia; Chiamenti, Ismael; Sualehe, Ivenso d. S. V.; Oliveira, Valmir; Kalinowski, Hypolito J.

    2016-05-01

    The thermal and deformation properties of fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) in the visible range were characterized for the first time in our knowledge. The FBG were written in silica single mode (cutoff in the visible and infrared range) and multimode fibers, using a phase-mask (460 nm period) illuminated by a 248 nm femtosecond laser.

  6. Detuning in apodized point-by-point fiber Bragg gratings: insights into the grating morphology.

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    Williams, Robert J; Krämer, Ria G; Nolte, Stefan; Withford, Michael J; Steel, M J

    2013-11-01

    Point-by-point (PbP) inscription of fiber Bragg gratings using femtosecond laser pulses is a versatile technique that is currently experiencing significant research interest for fiber laser and sensing applications. The recent demonstration of apodized gratings using this technique provides a new avenue of investigation into the nature of the refractive index perturbation induced by the PbP modifications, as apodized gratings are sensitive to variation in the average background index along the grating. In this work we compare experimental results for Gaussian- and sinc-apodized PbP gratings to a coupled-mode theory model, demonstrating that the refractive index perturbation induced by the PbP modifications has a negative contribution to the average background index which is small, despite the presence of strong reflective coupling. By employing Fourier analysis to a simplified model of an individual modification, we show that the presence of a densified shell around a central void can produce strong reflective coupling with near-zero change in the average background index. This result has important implications for the experimental implementation of apodized PbP gratings, which are of interest for a range of fiber laser and fiber sensing technologies. PMID:24216907

  7. Security System Responsive to Optical Fiber Having Bragg Grating

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    Gary, Charles K. (Inventor); Ozcan, Meric (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    An optically responsive electronic lock is disclosed comprising an optical fiber serving as a key and having Bragg gratings placed therein. Further, an identification system is disclosed which has the optical fiber serving as means for tagging and identifying an object. The key or tagged object is inserted into a respective receptacle and the Bragg gratings cause the optical fiber to reflect a predetermined frequency spectra pattern of incident light which is detected by a decoder and compared against a predetermined spectrum to determine if an electrical signal is generated to either operate the lock or light a display of an authentication panel.

  8. Hydrophobic photonic crystal fibers.

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    Xiao, Limin; Birks, T A; Loh, W H

    2011-12-01

    We propose and demonstrate hydrophobic photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). A chemical surface treatment for making PCFs hydrophobic is introduced. This repels water from the holes of PCFs, so that their optical properties remain unchanged even when they are immersed in water. The combination of a hollow core and a water-repellent inner surface of the hydrophobic PCF provides an ultracompact dissolved-gas sensor element, which is demonstrated for the sensing of dissolved ammonia gas. PMID:22139276

  9. Fiber grating systems used to measure strain in cylindrical structures

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    Udd, Eric; Corona-Bittick, Kelli; Slattery, Kerry T.; Dorr, Donald J.; Crowe, C. Robert; Vandiver, Terry L.; Evans, Robert N.

    1997-07-01

    Fiber optic grating systems are described that have been used to measure strain in cylindrical structures. The applications of these systems to a composite utility pole and to a composite missile body are described. Composite utility poles have significant advantages with respect to wooden utility poles that include superior strength and uniformity; light weight for ease of deployment; the ability to be recycled, reducing hazardous waste associated with chemically treated wooden poles; and compatibility with embedded fiber optic sensors, allowing structural loads to be monitored. Tests conducted of fiber optic grating sensors in combination with an overcoupled coupler demodulation system to support structural testing of a 22-ft composite pole are reported. Monitoring strain in composite missile bodies has the potential to improve the quality of manufactured parts, support performance testing, and enhance safety during long periods of storage. Strain measurements made with fiber optic grating and electrical strain gauges are described.

  10. Monolithic integrated optic fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogator

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    Mendoza, Edgar A.; Esterkin, Yan; Kempen, Cornelia; Sun, Songjian

    2010-04-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) are a mature sensing technology that has gained rapid acceptance in civil, aerospace, chemical and petrochemical, medicine, aviation and automotive industries. Fiber Bragg grating sensors can be use for a variety of measurements including strain, stress, vibration, acoustics, acceleration, pressure, temperature, moisture, and corrosion distributed at multiple locations within the structure using a single fiber element. The most prominent advantages of FBGs are: small size and light weight, multiple FBG transducers on a single fiber, and immunity to radio frequency interference. A major disadvantage of FBG technology is that conventional state-of-the-art fiber Bragg grating interrogation systems are typically bulky, heavy, and costly bench top instruments that are assembled from off-the-shelf fiber optic and optical components integrated with a signal electronics board into an instrument console. Based on the need for a compact FBG interrogation system, this paper describes recent progress towards the development of a miniature fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogator (FBG-TransceiverTM) system based on multi-channel monolithic integrated optic sensor microchip technology. The integrated optic microchip technology enables the monolithic integration of all of the functionalities, both passive and active, of conventional bench top FBG sensor interrogators systems, packaged in a miniaturized, low power operation, 2-cm x 5-cm small form factor (SFF) package suitable for the long-term structural health monitoring in applications where size, weight, and power are critical for operation.

  11. Grating lobes analysis based on blazed grating theory for liquid crystal optical-phased array

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    Chen, Jian; Cui, Guolong; Kong, Lingjiang; Xiao, Feng; Liu, Xin; Zhang, Xiaoguang

    2013-09-01

    The grating lobes of the liquid crystal optical-phased array (LCOPA) based on blazed grating theory is studied. Using the Fraunhofer propagation principle, the analytical expressions of the far-field intensity distribution are derived. Subsequently, we can obtain both the locations and the intensities of the grating lobes. The derived analytical functions that provide an insight into single-slit diffraction and multislit interference effect on the grating lobes are discussed. Utilizing the conventional microwave-phased array technique, the intensities of the grating lobes and the main lobe are almost the same. Different from this, the derived analytical functions demonstrate that the intensities of the grating lobes are less than that of the main lobe. The computer simulations and experiments show that the proposed method can correctly estimate the locations and the intensities of the grating lobes for a LCOPA simultaneously.

  12. Femtosecond inscription of phase-shifted gratings by overlaid fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Shamir, Avishay; Ishaaya, Amiel A

    2016-05-01

    Two slightly shifted gratings are inscribed, one over the other, in an SMF fiber with a femtosecond laser and a phase mask. The transmission spectrum of the complex structure is similar to that of a phase-shifted grating; yet, the fabrication process is fast and simple compared to standard methods. High-quality semi-phase-shifted gratings with -24  dB transmission loss and <100  pm transmission bandwidth are presented. Their application as highly narrow micro-resonators and notch filters seems feasible. PMID:27128063

  13. Fork gratings based on ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Ma, Y; Wei, B Y; Shi, L Y; Srivastava, A K; Chigrinov, V G; Kwok, H-S; Hu, W; Lu, Y Q

    2016-03-21

    In this article, we disclose a fork grating (FG) based on the photo-aligned ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC). The Digital Micro-mirror Device based system is used as a dynamic photomask to generated different holograms. Because of controlled anchoring energy, the photo alignment process offers optimal conditions for the multi-domain FLC alignment. Two different electro-optical modes namely DIFF/TRANS and DIFF/OFF switchable modes have been proposed where the diffraction can be switched either to no diffraction or to a completely black state, respectively. The FLC FG shows high diffraction efficiency and fast response time of 50µs that is relatively faster than existing technologies. Thus, the FLC FG may pave a good foundation toward optical vertices generation and manipulation that could find applications in a variety of devices. PMID:27136779

  14. Ultrafast laser inscribed fiber Bragg gratings for sensing applications

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    Mihailov, Stephen J.

    2016-05-01

    Because of their small size, passive nature, immunity to electromagnetic interference, and capability to directly measure physical parameters such as temperature and strain, fiber Bragg grating sensors have developed beyond a laboratory curiosity and are becoming a mainstream sensing technology. Recently, high temperature stable gratings based on femtosecond infrared laser-material processing have shown promise for use in extreme environments such as high temperature, pressure or ionizing radiation. Such gratings are ideally suited for energy production applications where there is a requirement for advanced energy system instrumentation and controls that are operable in harsh environments. This tutorial paper will present a review of some of the more recent developments.

  15. Reannealed Fiber Bragg Gratings Demonstrated High Repeatability in Temperature Measurements

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    Adamovsky, Grigory; Juergens, Jeffrey R.

    2004-01-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) are formed by periodic variations of the refractive index of an optical fiber. These periodic variations allow an FBG to act as an embedded optical filter, passing the majority of light propagating through a fiber while reflecting back a narrow band of the incident light. The peak reflected wavelength of the FBG is known as the Bragg wavelength. Since the period and width of the refractive index variation in the fiber determines the wavelengths that are transmitted and reflected by the grating, any force acting on the fiber that alters the physical structure of the grating will change the wavelengths that are transmitted and reflected by it. Both thermal and mechanical forces acting on the grating will alter its physical characteristics, allowing the FBG sensor to detect both the temperature variations and the physical stresses and strains placed upon it. This ability to sense multiple physical forces makes the FBG a versatile sensor. To assess the feasibility of using Bragg gratings as temperature sensors for propulsion applications, researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center evaluated the performance of Bragg gratings at elevated temperatures for up to 300 C. For these purposes, commercially available polyimide-coated high-temperature gratings were used that were annealed by the manufacturer to 300 C. To assure the most thermally stable gratings at the operating temperatures, we reannealed the gratings to 400 C at a very slow rate for 12 to 24 hr until their reflected optical powers were stabilized. The reannealed gratings were then subjected to periodic thermal cycling from room temperature to 300 C, and their peak reflected wavelengths were monitored. The setup shown is used for reannealing and thermal cycling the FBGs. Signals from the photodetectors and the spectrum analyzer were fed into a computer equipped with LabVIEW software. The software synchronously monitored the oven/furnace temperature and the optical spectrum analyzer

  16. Diffraction properties of highly birefringent liquid-crystal composite gratings.

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    Butler, J J; Malcuit, M S

    2000-03-15

    We have fabricated electrically switchable holographic gratings, using Polaroid Corporation's DMP-128 photopolymer filled with the nematic liquid crystal E7. It is shown that a coupled-wave theory that includes the effects of the birefringence of the liquid crystal must be used to explain the diffraction properties of these anisotropic volume gratings. Furthermore, a detailed comparison of theory and experiment provides information about the alignment of the liquid crystal within the polymer host. PMID:18059899

  17. Research on the fire alarming system of fiber grating

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    Qi, Yaobin

    2007-09-01

    The application of fiber grating sensing technology in fire alarming based on temperature detection has the advantages of high accuracy, high reliability and strong immunity from electronic and magnetic fields. It is especially advantageous to use this system in the petroleum and chemistry industry because it can provide an extraordinary safe means for the fire alarm. But due to the traditional optical Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology is limited by the optic source bandwidth, the number of its multiplexing points is few. In this paper WDM technology will be developed mixing with Identified Bragg, which is called Identified and Wavelength Multiplexing, to build the Fiber Grating (FBG) fire alarm system integrated with computers. Some technologies applied in fire alarming system of fiber grating such as the transmission of test signals which pass through modulate and demodulate, the disposal of software system, the output of control signal and the strong ability of anti-disturbance have been studied and discussed.

  18. Demodulation System for Fiber Optic Bragg Grating Dynamic Pressure Sensing

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    Lekki, John D.; Adamovsky, Grigory; Floyd, Bertram

    2001-01-01

    Fiber optic Bragg gratings have been used for years to measure quasi-static phenomena. In aircraft engine applications there is a need to measure dynamic signals such as variable pressures. In order to monitor these pressures a detection system with broad dynamic range is needed. This paper describes an interferometric demodulator that was developed and optimized for this particular application. The signal to noise ratio was maximized through temporal coherence analysis. The demodulator was incorporated in a laboratory system that simulates conditions to be measured. Several pressure sensor configurations incorporating a fiber optic Bragg grating were also explored. The results of the experiments are reported in this paper.

  19. Ultrashort pulse propagation in multiple-grating fiber structures.

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    Chen, L R; Benjamin, S D; Smith, P W; Sipe, J E; Juma, S

    1997-03-15

    We propose a multiple-grating fiber structure that decomposes an ultrashort broadband optical pulse simultaneously in both wavelength and time. As an initial demonstration, we used a transform-limited 1-ps Gaussian pulse centered at 1.55 mu;m as the ultrashort broadband input into a three-grating fiber structure and generated three output pulses separated in wavelength and time with good correlation between experimental results and simulations. This device structure can be used to generate a multiwavelength train of pulses for use in wavelength-division-multiplexed systems or to implement frequency-domain encoding of coherent pulses for optical code-division multiple access. PMID:18183215

  20. Spectral characteristics of draw-tower step-chirped fiber Bragg gratings

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    Idrisov, Ravil F.; Varzhel, Sergey V.; Kulikov, Andrey V.; Meshkovskiy, Igor K.; Rothhardt, Manfred; Becker, Martin; Schuster, Kay; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents research results on the spectral properties of step-chirped fiber Bragg grating arrays written during the fiber drawing process into a birefringent optical fiber with an elliptical stress cladding. The dependences of resonance shift of the step-chirped fiber Bragg grating on bending, on applied tensile stress and on temperature have been investigated. A usage of such step-chirped fiber Bragg gratings in fiber-optic sensing elements creation has been considered.

  1. An optical fiber Bragg grating tactile sensor

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    Cowie, Barbara; Allsop, Thomas; Williams, John; Webb, David; Bennion, Ian; Fisher, Matthew

    2007-05-01

    Tactile sensors are needed for many emerging robotic and telepresence applications such as keyhole surgery and robot operation in unstructured environments. We have proposed and demonstrated a tactile sensor consisting of a fibre Bragg grating embedded in a polymer "finger". When the sensor is placed in contact with a surface and translated tangentially across it measurements on the changes in the reflectivity spectrum of the grating provide a measurement of the spatial distribution of forces perpendicular to the surface and thus, through the elasticity of the polymer material, to the surface roughness. Using a sensor fabricated from a Poly Siloxane polymer (Methyl Vinyl Silicone rubber) spherical cap 50 mm in diameter, 6 mm deep with an embedded 10 mm long Bragg grating we have characterised the first and second moment of the grating spectral response when scanned across triangular and semicircular periodic structures both with a modulation depth of 1 mm and a period of 2 mm. The results clearly distinguish the periodicity of the surface structure and the differences between the two different surface profiles. For the triangular structure a central wavelength modulation of 4 pm is observed and includes a fourth harmonic component, the spectral width is modulated by 25 pm. Although crude in comparison to human senses these results clearly shown the potential of such a sensor for tactile imaging and we expect that with further development in optimising both the grating and polymer "finger" properties a much increased sensitivity and spatial resolution is achievable.

  2. High frequency strain measurements with fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Koch, J.; Angelmahr, M.; Schade, W.

    2015-05-01

    In recent years fiber Bragg grating sensors gained interest in structural health monitoring and concepts for smart structures. They are small, lightweight, and immune to electromagnetic interference. Using multiplexing techniques, several sensors can be addressed by a single fiber. Therefore, well-established structures and materials in industrial applications can be easily equipped with fiber optical sensors with marginal influence on their mechanical properties. In return, critical components can be monitored in real-time, leading to reduced maintenance intervals and a great reduction of costs. Beside of generally condition monitoring, the localization of failures in a structure is a desired feature of the condition monitoring system. Detecting the acoustic emission of a sudden event, its place of origin can be determined by analyzing the delay time of distributed sensor signals. To achieve high localization accuracies for the detection of cracks, breaks, and impacts high sampling rates combined with the simultaneous interrogation of several fiber Bragg grating sensors are required. In this article a fiber Bragg grating interrogator for high frequency measurements up to the megahertz range is presented. The interrogator is based on a passive wavelength to intensity conversion applying arrayed waveguide gratings. Light power fluctuations are suppressed by a differential data evaluation, leading to a reduced signal-to-noise ratio and a low strain detection limit. The measurement system is used to detect, inter alia, wire breaks in steel wire ropes for dockside cranes.

  3. Self-heated fiber Bragg grating sensors for cryogenic environments

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    Chen, Tong; Swinehart, Philip R.; Maklad, Mokhtar S.; Buric, Michael P.; Chen, Kevin P.

    2010-04-01

    Cryogenic fuels are often considered as major energy alternatives to coal and petroleum based fuels. Safe and reliable sensor networks are required for on-demand, real-time fuel management in cryogenic environments. In this paper, a new sensor design is described that enhances the low-temperature performance of fiber sensors. FBGs inscribed in high attenuation fiber (HAF) are used to absorb in-fiber power light to raise the local sensor temperature in the cryogenic environment. When in-fiber power light is turned off, FBG sensors can serve as passive sensors to gauge temperature and stress in the cryogenic system. When the in-fiber power light is turned on, the heated sensors can be used to rapidly gauge fuel level and fuel leaks. In one example, a hydrogen gas sensor is demonstrated with a palladium-coated fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The low-temperature performance of the sensor was improved by heating the gratings as much as 200 K above the ambient temperature, and hydrogen concentration well below the 4% explosion limit was measured at 123K. In a second example, an array of four aluminum coated fiber Bragg gratings was used to measure liquid level in a cryogenic environment.

  4. Hydrogen sensing array based on weak fiber Bragg grating

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    Bai, Wei; Yang, Minghong; Hu, Chenyuan; Dai, Jixiang; Li, Zhi; Yu, Haihu

    2015-09-01

    Optical fiber hydrogen sensing system based on weak fiber Bragg grating (WFBG) array deposited with palladium (Pd) film is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. For multi-point measurement, three hydrogen WFBG sensors array are weld in a single optical fiber. A time-division multiplexing (TDM) interrogation system is employed to demodulate the sensing array. Sensing experiments to different hydrogen concentrations ranging from 0 to 3.6% are conducted, and the results show good agreement with standard FBG technology. Due to its strong multiplexing capability of weak FBG, the system is possible to integrate thousands of WFBG hydrogen sensors in a single optical fiber.

  5. Fiber Bragg gratings for low-temperature measurement.

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    Filho, Elton Soares de Lima; Baiad, Mohamad Diaa; Gagné, Mathieu; Kashyap, Raman

    2014-11-01

    We demonstrate the use of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) as a monolithic temperature sensor from ambient to liquid nitrogen temperatures, without the use of any auxiliary embedding structure. The Bragg gratings, fabricated in three different types of fibers and characterized with a high density of points, confirm a nonlinear thermal sensitivity of the fibers. With a conventional interrogation scheme it is possible to have a resolution of 0.5 K for weak pure-silica-core FBGs and 0.25 K using both boron-doped and germanium-doped standard fibers at 77 K. We quantitatively show for the first time that the nonlinear thermal sensitivity of the FBG arises from the nonlinearity of both thermo-optic and thermal expansion coefficients, allowing consistent modeling of FBGs at low temperatures. PMID:25401912

  6. Modeling of bend effects on fiber Bragg gratings

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    Cadusch, Peter J.; Thompson, Alexander C.; Stoddart, Paul R.; Wade, Scott A.

    2012-02-01

    Sensing and telecommunication applications requiring the bending of optical fibers to small diameters are on the increase. Recent work has shown that the centre wavelength of fiber Bragg gratings has a bend dependence the magnitude of which varies with the type of fiber in which the grating is written. In this work the basis of the centre wavelength shift is investigated by modeling the effects of several potential causes for standard and depressed cladding fiber designs. The majority of the expected affects, including bend induced stress and mode field deformation, were found to result in small wavelength shifts in the opposite direction to those observed experimentally. However, a new account of the shift, based on simplistic geometrical optics, does show wavelength changes in the observed direction, of up to -0.15 nm, which is in the range of the experimentally measured shifts.

  7. Simultaneous strain and temperature measurement system with fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhu, Dandan; Li, Zhiquan; Sun, Fu; Tian, Xiuxian; Wang, Haifang

    2007-01-01

    Simultaneous strain and temperature measurement system with fiber Bragg grating was presented in this paper. The light from broadband source (BBS) was coupled into sensing probe through 3dB coupler1. Reflective light of two FBGs was split through coupler2 and went into chirped gratings with different pass-band. Demodulation method adopted chirped grating and long period grating edge linear filtering technology. It can send each reflected spectrum to different edge filter. It makes every FBG's reflective spectrum was demodulate. The central reflected wavelength of two FBGs was 1546.15nm and 1554.17nm respectively. Through simulation experiment, we can get that (formula available in manuscript). Strain measurement ranged from 0 to 2000 με. Temperature measurement ranged from 0 to 200°C.

  8. Spectrometer with CMOS demodulation of fiber optic Bragg grating sensors

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    Christiansen, Martin Brokner

    A CMOS imager based spectrometer is developed to interrogate a network containing a large number of Bragg grating sensors. The spectrometer uses a Prism-Grating- Prism (PGP) to spectrally separate serially multiplexed Bragg reflections on a single fiber. As a result, each Bragg grating produces a discrete spot on the CMOS imager that shifts horizontally as the Bragg grating experiences changes in strain or temperature. The reflected wavelength of the spot can be determined by finding the center of the spot produced. The use of a randomly addressable CMOS imager enables a flexible sampling rate. Some fibers can be interrogated at a high sampling rate while others can be interrogated at a low sampling rate. However, the use of a CMOS imager leads to several unique problems in terms of signal processing. These include a logarithmic pixel response, a low signal-to-noise ratio, a long pixel time constant, and software issues. The expected capabilities of the CMOS imager based spectrometer are determined with a theoretical model. The theoretical model tests three algorithms for determining the center of the spot: single row centroid, single row parabolic fit, and entire spot centroid. The theoretical results are compared to laboratory test data and field test data. The CMOS based spectrometer is capable of interrogating many optical fibers, and in the configuration tested, the fiber bundle consisted of 23 fibers. Using this system, a single fiber can be interrogated from 778 nm to 852 nm at 2100 Hz or multiple fibers can be interrogated over the same wavelength so that the total number of fiber interrogations is up to 2100 per second. The reflected Bragg wavelength can be determined within +/-3pm, corresponding to a +/-3μɛ uncertainty.

  9. Study on the fiber grating sensors in concrete safety monitoring

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    Liu, Hang; Li, Yang; Zhang, Yu-hong

    2014-09-01

    The concrete may be damaged because there are freeze-thaw cycles between winter and summer in cold regions. Strain is an alternative parameter which can be used to describe deformation. In this paper, the fiber bragg gratings(FBG) were used to concrete safety monitoring. The strain and temperature sensing properties have been studied. The fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) were used for the packaged techniques of FBG sensors. The neural network was applied to temperature compensation for FBG sensors.

  10. Study of modeling aspects of long period fiber grating using three-layer fiber geometry

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    Singh, Amit

    2015-03-01

    The author studied and demonstrated the various modeling aspects of long period fiber grating (LPFG) such as the core effective index, cladding effective index, coupling coefficient, coupled mode theory, and transmission spectrum of the LPFG using three-layer fiber geometry. Actually, there are two different techniques used for theoretical modeling of the long period fiber grating. The first technique was used by Vengsarkar et al who described the phenomenon of long-period fiber gratings, and the second technique was reported by Erdogan who revealed the inaccuracies and shortcomings of the original method, thereby providing an accurate and updated alternative. The main difference between these two different approaches lies in their fiber geometry. Venserkar et al used two-layer fiber geometry which is simple but employs weakly guided approximation, whereas Erdogan used three-layer fiber geometry which is complex but also the most accurate technique for theoretical study of the LPFG. The author further discussed about the behavior of the transmission spectrum by altering different grating parameters such as the grating length, ultraviolet (UV) induced-index change, and grating period to achieve the desired flexibility. The author simulated the various results with the help of MATLAB.

  11. A fiber Bragg grating current sensor with temperature compensation

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    Tian, Fei-Fei; Cong, Jia-Wei; Yun, Bin-Feng; Cui, Yi-Ping

    2009-09-01

    A novel fiber Bragg grating (FBG) current sensor with temperature compensation has been proposed. The fiber Bragg grating is glued on the surface of an isosceles triangle cantilever beam, which has a step thickness along the beam axis. Due to the electromagnetic force created by a solenoid and a permanent magnet mounted on the top of the beam, a step strain is applied on the fiber Bragg grating. The change of the electric current in the solenoid makes the spectrum of the fiber Bragg grating split. By monitoring the shift difference of the two split center wavelengths, which is related to the electric current in the solenoid, a current sensor with temperature compensation is obtained. The test range of 0-400 mA is achieved. The experimental results also show that the relationship between the shift difference of the two split center wavelengths of the FBG and the electric current has a linearity of 0.9937, and the sensitivity is about 2.64 nm/A; the test results are independent of the temperature, so the cross sensitive problem is solved.

  12. Experimental demonstration of a fiber Bragg grating accelerometer

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    Berkoff, T.A.; Kersey, A.D.

    1996-12-01

    The authors report a fiber Bragg grating transducer for the measurement of acceleration. Results obtained using interferometric wavelength-shift detection demonstrate a demodulated signal output range of 50-g rms with a minimum detectable signal of {approximately}1 mg/{radical}Hz.

  13. Investigations on birefringence effects in polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings

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    Hu, X.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.; Caucheteur, C.

    2014-05-01

    Step-index polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (POFBGs) and microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (mPOFBGs) present several attractive features, especially for sensing purposes. In comparison to FBGs written in silica fibers, they are more sensitive to temperature and pressure because of the larger thermo-optic coefficient and smaller Young's modulus of polymer materials. (M)POFBGs are most often photowritten in poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) materials using a continuous-wave 325 nm HeCd laser. For the first time to the best of our knowledge, we study photoinduced birefringence effects in (m)POFBGs. To achieve this, highly reflective gratings were inscribed with the phase mask technique. They were then monitored in transmission with polarized light. For this, (m)POF sections a few cm in length containing the gratings were glued to angled silica fibers. Polarization dependent loss (PDL) and differential group delay (DGD) were computed from the Jones matrix eigenanalysis using an optical vector analyser. Maximum values exceeding several dB and a few picoseconds were obtained for the PDL and DGD, respectively. The response to lateral force was finally investigated. As it induces birefringence in addition to the photo-induced one, an increase of the PDL and DGD values were noticed.

  14. [INVITED] Tilted fiber grating mechanical and biochemical sensors

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    Guo, Tuan; Liu, Fu; Guan, Bai-Ou; Albert, Jacques

    2016-04-01

    The tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) is a new kind of fiber-optic sensor that possesses all the advantages of well-established Bragg grating technology in addition to being able to excite cladding modes resonantly. This device opens up a multitude of opportunities for single-point sensing in hard-to-reach spaces with very controllable cross-sensitivities, absolute and relative measurements of various parameters, and an extreme sensitivity to materials external to the fiber without requiring the fiber to be etched or tapered. Over the past five years, our research group has been developing multimodal fiber-optic sensors based on TFBG in various shapes and forms, always keeping the device itself simple to fabricate and compatible with low-cost manufacturing. This paper presents a brief review of the principle, fabrication, characterization, and implementation of TFBGs, followed by our progress in TFBG sensors for mechanical and biochemical applications, including one-dimensional TFBG vibroscopes, accelerometers and micro-displacement sensors; two-dimensional TFBG vector vibroscopes and vector rotation sensors; reflective TFBG refractometers with in-fiber and fiber-to-fiber configurations; polarimetric and plasmonic TFBG biochemical sensors for in-situ detection of cell, protein and glucose.

  15. Wavelength switchable graphene Q-switched fiber laser with cascaded fiber Bragg gratings

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    Wu, Man; Chen, Shuqing; Chen, Yu; Li, Ying

    2016-06-01

    We have demonstrated a wavelength switchable graphene Q-switched fiber laser with two cascaded fiber Bragg gratings. Stable Q-switching operation with central wavelength 1542.9 nm (1543.7 nm), repetition rate 28.4 kHz (22.58 kHz), and pulse duration 2.16 μs (2.65 μs) can be obtained by adjusting the intra-cavity birefringence. Moreover, stable dual-wavelength operation with wavelength spacing 0.8 nm can also be observed. The cascaded fiber gratings combined with the graphene saturable absorber provide a simple and feasible way to get versatile pulsed fiber laser.

  16. Strain Measurement Validation of Embedded Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Emmons, Michael C.; Karnani, Sunny; Trono, Stefano; Mohanchandra, Kotekar P.; Richards, W. Lance; Carman, Gregory P.

    2010-03-01

    This study investigates the influence of strain state distribution on the accuracy of embedded optical fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) used as strain sensors. An optical fiber embedded parallel to adjacent structural fibers in a graphite epoxy quasi-isotropic [(90/ ±45/0)S]3 lay-up is evaluated with mechanical loading parallel to the fiber optic direction. Finite element analysis (FEA) is used to evaluate the fiber optic sensors' responses both in the far field and near field regions of the mechanical grips. Comparison between experimental fiber optic strains, strain gauges, and FEA provides good correlation in the far field with differences of less than 1%. However, in the near field region, some discrepancies are found and attributed to birefringence arising from complex strain states.

  17. Angle dependent Fiber Bragg grating inscription in microstructured polymer optical fibers.

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    Bundalo, Ivan-Lazar; Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole

    2015-02-01

    We report on an incidence angle influence on inscription of the Fiber Bragg Gratings in Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microstructured polymer optical fibers. We have shown experimentally that there is a strong preference of certain angles, labeled ГK, over the other ones. Angles close to ГK showed fast start of inscription, rapid inscription and stronger gratings. We have also shown that gratings can be obtained at almost any angle but their quality will be lower if they are not around ГK angle. Our experimental results verify earlier numerical and experimental predictions of Marshall et al. PMID:25836222

  18. Single-pulse coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy via fiber Bragg grating

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    Oh, Seung Ryeol; Park, Joo Hyun; Kwon, Won Sik; Kim, Jin Hwan; Kim, Kyung-Soo; Lee, Jae Yong; Kim, Soohyun

    2016-03-01

    Fiber Bragg grating is used in a variety of applications. In this study, we suggest compact, cost-effective coherent anti- Stokes Raman spectroscopy which is based on the pulse shaping methods via commercialized fiber Bragg grating. The experiment is performed incorporating a commercialized femtosecond pulse laser system (MICRA, Coherent) with a 100 mm length of 780-HP fiber which is inscribed 50 mm of Bragg grating. The pump laser for coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy has a bandwidth of 90 nm and central wavelength of 815 nm with a notch shaped at 785 nm. The positive chirped pulse is compensated by chirped mirror set. We compensate almost 14000 fs2 of positive group delay dispersion for the transform-limited pulse at the sample position. The pulse duration was 15 fs with average power of 50 mW, and showed an adequate notch shape. Finally, coherent anti-Stokes Raman signals are observed using a spectrometer (Jobin Yvon Triax320 and TE-cooled Andor Newton EMCCD). We obtained coherent anti-Stokes Raman signal of acetone sample which have Raman peak at the spectral finger-print region. In conclusion, the proposed method is more simple and cost-effective than the methods of previous research which use grating pairs and resonant photonic crystal slab. Furthermore, the proposed method can be used as endoscope application.

  19. Fiber Bragg grating in large-mode-area fiber for high power fiber laser applications.

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    Mohammed, Waleed; Gu, Xijia

    2010-10-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) are indispensable components in the design of monolithic high-power fiber lasers. As the laser power scales up, the adoption of larger-mode-area fibers with high V numbers poses new challenges for FBG design and fabrication. In this paper, we present the simulation, fabrication, and measurement of the FBGs inscribed on large-mode-area fibers. The simulation used the T-matrix approach to calculate the spectral response of the FBG that matched well with the measured spectra. The observed fringes in the reflection spectrum are explained by the interference between the low-order modes that were also confirmed with the simulation. Some unique features of the FBG and their potential applications are discussed. PMID:20885465

  20. Applications of Long Period Gratings in Solid Core Photonic Bandgap Fibers

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    Kuhlmey, Boris T.; Luan, Feng; Lazaro, Jose M.; Fu, Libin; Eggleton, Benjamin J.; Yeom, Dong-Il; Coen, Stephane; Wang, Aimin; Knight, Jonathan C.

    2008-10-01

    Solid core photonic bandgap fibres are photonic crystal fibres with a solid core surrounded by high index inclusions. The guidance properties of these fibers are very sensitive to the refractive index of the inclusions, making them widely tunable and making them very promising for sensing applications. Combining these fibers with long period gratings unleashes their full potential, enabling narrow band notch filters tunable over hundreds of nm, refractive index sensors with sensitivity comparable to that of surface plasmon resonance sensors, but also the extraction of the full band diagrams of these bandgap fibres.

  1. High resolution magnetostriction measurements in pulsed magnetic fields using fiber Bragg gratings

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    Daou, Ramzy; Weickert, Franziska; Nicklas, Michael; Steglich, Frank; Haase, Ariane; Doerr, Mathias

    2010-03-01

    We report on a new high resolution apparatus for measuring magnetostriction suitable for use at cryogenic temperatures in pulsed high magnetic fields which we have developed at the Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden. Optical fiber strain gauges based on fiber Bragg gratings are used to measure the strain in small (˜1 mm) samples. We describe the implementation of a fast measurement system capable of resolving strains in the order of 10-7 with a full bandwidth of 47 kHz, and demonstrate its use on single crystal samples of GdSb and GdSi.

  2. Deformation monitoring of painted wood panels by fiber Bragg gratings

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    Falciai, Riccardo; Trono, Cosimo; Lanterna, Giancarlo; Castelli, Ciro

    2003-11-01

    The conservation of painted panel supports is a fundamental aim of the whole restoration process. The measurement method up to now utilized by Opificio is based on the application on the panel of reference points, through which a centesimal gauge measures positive and negative movements. We propose a measurement method based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. An array of Bragg gratings was glued on several crucial points of the wood structure, and the data were continuously collected. A set of measurements were performed in order to study the deformations of a painted wood panel, induced by relative humidity changes.

  3. Modeling of spectral changes in bent fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Zhang, Wei; Lei, Xiaohua; Chen, Weimin; Xu, Hengyi; Wang, Anbo

    2015-07-15

    To better apply fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) to various bending required situations, good understanding of their bending characteristics is crucial. In this Letter, a theoretical model to describe the changes of spectral properties of an FBG against the bending radius is proposed. This model shows that all the bend-induced spectral changes, the shift of center wavelength, decrease of reflectivity, and reduction of bandwidth, may be explained by the decrease of the effective "dc" refractive index change spatially averaged over one grating period. Experimental results are in agreement with theoretical predictions and confirm the effectiveness of the proposed model. PMID:26176444

  4. Strain transferring of embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Li, Dong-Sheng; Li, Hong-Nan

    2005-05-01

    The relationship between the strains measured by a fiber Bragg grating sensor and the actual structural strains is deduced, then the average strain transfer rate computed by the formulation developed in this paper is compared with available experimental data. The critical adherence length of an optical fiber sensor is determined by a strain lag parameter, which contains both the effects of the geometry and the relative stiffness of the structural components. The analyses shows that the critical adherence length of a fiber sensing segment is the minimum length with which the fiber has to be tightly glued to a structure for adequate sensing. The strain transfer rate of an optical fiber sensor embedded in a multi-layered structure is developed in a similar way, and the factors that influence the efficiency of optical fiber sensor strain transferring are discussed. It is concluded that the strains, sensed by a fiber Bragg grating, have to be magnified by a factor (strain transfer rate) to equal exactly to the actual structural strains.

  5. Optomechanical behavior of embedded fiber Bragg grating strain sensors

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    Mastro, Stephen A.

    2005-11-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) can provide extremely sensitive strain measurements for various materials and structures. The main functionality of the Bragg grating is along the fiber's main axis, where changes in the grating's spacing can be converted into strain measurements. Previous work from a number of researchers has identified bifurcation and broadening of the Bragg signal under transverse loading. The work presented in this thesis highlights efforts to relate transverse loading to changes in index of refraction in the fiber core cross section, and then ultimately to predicted changes in Bragg signals. The background of FBGs, their application, manufacturing, and operation is outlined. In addition, background on the general concept of photoelasticity, the relationship of stress and index of refraction, in glass materials is presented. A theoretical analysis was performed for uncoated silica fiber to calculate the stresses within an optical fiber core under transverse loading. The transverse loading profile ranged from pure diametric point loading to a more distributed profile. The stresses calculated were translated into changes of index of refraction and FBG signal values. The analysis was then simulated utilizing a numerical model, calculating stress, change of index of refraction, and change in FBG signal with various transverse loading profiles. In addition to an uncoated fiber, a polymer coated fiber system was analyzed. The model was verified by performing a laboratory experiment where FBGs were loaded transversely and their signal monitored. A special loading rig was designed and fabricated to impart transverse loading to the fiber while monitoring the compression load and deflection of the loading plates. The laboratory experienced showed reasonable agreement with the numerical model. The data show that side loading of the FBG caused a bifurcation of the signal, and that this effect can be predicted by the theoretical model. The modeling work completed

  6. Effect of UV Absorption on Fabrication of Fiber-Optic Bragg Gratings

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    Wang, Ying; Sharma, Anup; Burdine, Robert (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    UV light is used to fabricate fiber-optic gratings also heats up the fiber due to absorption by either the fiber-buffer, fiber-cladding, doped with titania or a thin coating of paint. Significant enhancement in the rate of grating fabrication is observed due to UV light absorption.

  7. Photoscattering effect in supercontinuum-generating photonic crystal fiber

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    Tu, H.; Marks, D. L.; Jiang, Z.; Boppart, S. A.

    2010-01-01

    A photosensitivity different from that responsible for fiber grating inscription is found in a supercontinuum-generating photonic crystal fiber transmitting intense 818 nm femtosecond pulses. This photosensitivity progressively generates a waveguide at the entrance of the fiber to scatter light of specific wavelengths and is termed as the photoscattering effect. This effect is linked to the ~800 nm photosensitivity in the microlithography of bulk silica glass. While the effect somewhat limits fiber-optic supercontinuum applications, it can be beneficial to produce new photonic devices. PMID:21350681

  8. Fabrication and Characterization of Tilted Fiber Optic Bragg Grating Filters over Various Wavelengths

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    Grant, Joseph; Jackson, Kurt V.; Wang, Y.; Sharma, A.; Burdine, Robert V. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Fiber Optic Bragg Grating taps are fabricated and characterized at various wavelengths using a modified Talbot interferometric technique. Gratings are fabricated by tilting the photosensitive fiber to angles up to 45 degrees w.r.t. the writing angle. Diffraction characteristics of the tilted grating is monitored in first and second orders.

  9. Fiber laser source/analyzer for Bragg grating sensor array interrogation

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    Ball, G.A.; Morey, W.W.; Cheo, P.K.

    1994-04-01

    This paper reports on the application of a calibrated, narrow-linewidth, single-frequency, continuously wavelength-tunable erbium fiber laser to the interrogation of a multipoint Bragg grating temperature sensor. The fiber laser was wavelength-tuned, through an array of three fiber Bragg grating sensors, to determine the temperature of each individual grating. The temperatures of the three gratings were measured as a function of grating Bragg wavelength. The minimum wavelength resolution, due to electro-mechanical repeatability, of the fiber laser source/analyzer was determined to be approximately 2.3 picometers. This corresponds to a frequency resolution of approximately 300 MHz. 10 refs.

  10. Research of embedded fiber Bragg grating temperature sensor system

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    Hu, Ji; Wan, Shengpeng; Xie, Changlin; Zhang, Zhimin; Luo, Ningning; He, Shuai

    2010-10-01

    In this article, an embedded fiber Bragg grating temperature sensor system is proposed and researched. The demodulating system controls a Piezoelectric Ceramic (PZT) with sawteeth wave to scan the matching grating, then do photoelectric conversion using a detector, and use Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to find the max intensity. Meanwhile, use PZT drive voltage to control the central wavelength of sensor grating to demodulate. Then use the USB interface chip to realize the communication between DSP and the host computer, and send the collected data to the host computer. Finally, the real time temperature can be inquired and stored through the inquiring interface programmed by computer. The result demonstrates that this experimental system has the wave addressing range from 1540 to 1565 nm and the temperature resolution of 0.1°C.

  11. Hydrostatic pressure sensor based on fiber Bragg grating written in single-ring suspended fiber

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    Htein, Lin; Liu, Zhengyong; Tam, Hwa-Yaw

    2016-05-01

    We present a novel optical fiber consisting of a suspended-fiber with core and cladding diameter of ~ 5 and 30 μm and a supporting ring with thickness of ~ 9 μm. The outer diameter of the fiber was 125 μm and a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with a length of 1-mm was inscribed on it. Hydrostatic pressure was measured by monitoring the Bragg wavelength shifts of 9-mm long single-ring suspended fiber. Pressure sensitivity was measured to be -18.92 pm/MPa, which is about five times higher than FBG on standard single-mode fiber.

  12. Nonpigtail optical coupling to embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Qiu, Liang; Goossen, Keith W.; Heider, Dirk; O'Brien, Daniel J.; Wetzel, Eric D.

    2010-05-01

    In recent decades, optical fiber has proven useful for many sensor applications. Specifically, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors have shown great utility for integrity management and environmental sensing of composite structures. One major drawback of FBG sensors, however, is the lack of a robust, nonpigtail technique for coupling to the embedded FBG sensor. In this paper, a novel method of free-space passive coupling of light into FBG sensors is described. An angled 45-deg mirror integrated directly into the fiber was used as an input coupling technique. We investigated the application of this approach to both single- and multimode glass fibers containing FBGs. For multimode FBGs, we studied the grating's uniformity across the fiber diameter and its effect on normal free-space coupling. In single-mode investigations, a novel method of coupling to the sensor via splicing a multimode fiber to a single-mode FBG (SMFBG) was developed. Finally, free-space coupling to an embedded SMFBG was employed to measure the tensile strain. Excellent agreement was found between the FBG and conventional electrical resistance strain gauges. We conclude that this coupling method might eliminate the need for pigtailing by providing a more robust coupling method for FBG sensors.

  13. High-power soliton fiber laser based on pulse width control with chirped fiber Bragg gratings

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    Fermann, M.E.; Sugden, K.; Bennion, I.

    1995-01-15

    Chirped fiber Bragg gratings control the pulse width and energy in Kerr mode-locked erbium fiber soliton lasers. We create high-energy pulses by providing large amounts of excessive negative dispersion, which increases the pulse width while keeping the nonlinearity of the cavity constant. With a chirped fiber grating of 3.4-ps{sup 2} dispersion, 3-ps pulses with an energy content higher than 1 nJ are generated at a repetition rate of 27 MHz. By controlling the polarization state in the cavity, we obtain a tuning range from 1.550 to 1.562 {mu}m.

  14. Holographic liquid crystal polarization grating with Fabry-Perot structure.

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    Sakamoto, Moritsugu; Yamaguchi, Haruki; Noda, Kohei; Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Ono, Hiroshi

    2016-03-15

    A holographic liquid crystal polarization grating with a Fabry-Perot structure was developed. Because of its resonant structure, the device offers high levels of control of the diffraction properties of incident-polarized light beams, depending on the resonance conditions. The diffracted light beams are emitted in both the reflection and transmission directions, and the device thus works as a multibranch polarization grating with double optical paths, unlike a conventional polarization grating. These device features were experimentally demonstrated and were also explained theoretically. PMID:26977643

  15. Torsion sensing characteristics of long period fiber gratings fabricated by femtosecond laser in optical fiber

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    Duan, Ji'an; Xie, Zheng; Wang, Cong; Zhou, Jianying; Li, Haitao; Luo, Zhi; Chu, Dongkai; Sun, Xiaoyan

    2016-09-01

    With the alignment of the fiber core systems containing dual-CCDs and high-precision electric displacement platform, twisted long period fiber gratings (T-LPFGs) were fabricated in two different twisted SMF-28 fibers by femtosecond laser. The torsion characteristics of the T-LPFGs were experimentally and theoretical investigated and demonstrated in this study. The achieved torsion sensitivity is 117.4 pm/(rad/m) in the torsion range -105-0 rad/m with a linearity of 0.9995. Experimental results show that compared with the ordinary long period fiber gratings, the resonance wavelength of the gratings presents an opposite symmetrical shift depending on the twisting direction after the applied torsion is removed. In addition, high sensitivity could be obtained, which is very suitable for the applications in the torsion sensor. These results are important for the design of new torsion sensors based on T-LPFGs fabricated by femtosecond laser.

  16. Optical high temperature sensor based on fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhang, Bowei

    The aim of this thesis is to fabricate a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensor that is capable to measure temperatures in excess of 1100°C. For this purpose, two topics have been studied and investigated during this project. One of them is the development of a high temperature resistant molecular-water induced FBGs; and the other is to investigate the effect of microwave-irradiation on the hydrogen-loaded FBG. The molecular-water induced FBGs are different from the other types of FBG. In these devices the refractive index is modulated by the periodic changes of molecular-water concentration within the grating. The device was developed using thermal annealing technology based on hydrogen-load FBG. Thermal stability of these devices was studied by measuring the grating reflectivity from room temperature to 1000°C. The stability of the device was tested by examining the FBG reflectivity for a period of time at certain temperatures. The results show that these devices are extremely stable at temperatures in excess of 1000°C. The hydroxyl concentration in the grating has been also investigated during this thesis. Based on the knowledge of hydroxyl groups inside FBG, a microwave treatment was designed to increase the hydroxyl concentration in the FBG area. The results show that the molecular-water induced grating, which was fabricated using microwave radiated hydrogen-loaded FBI, are stable at temperatures above 1100°C.

  17. High speed fiber grating sensors for structural monitoring

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    Udd, Eric

    2014-06-01

    This paper provides an overview of selected applications of high speed structural monitoring using fiber grating sensors. Rapid and effective diagnostic capabilities are necessary to respond to changes in structural integrity that may affect safety. In the case of aerospace structures operating at high velocity rapid response has the potential to mitigate catastrophic failure. Similar safety issues apply to civil structures where timely decisions are critical to operations of bridges, dams and buildings. Rapid responses for oil and gas, medical and environmental monitoring applications are also highly important. A great deal of progress has been made in improving the quality and capabilities of high speed fiber grating sensor systems. Some of these systems will be discussed.

  18. Processing of Signals from Fiber Bragg Gratings Using Unbalanced Interferometers

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    Adamovsky, Grigory; Juergens, Jeff; Floyd, Bertram

    2005-01-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) have become preferred sensory structures in fiber optic sensing system. High sensitivity, embedability, and multiplexing capabilities make FBGs superior to other sensor configurations. The main feature of FBGs is that they respond in the wavelength domain with the wavelength of the returned signal as the indicator of the measured parameter. The wavelength is then converted to optical intensity by a photodetector to detect corresponding changes in intensity. This wavelength-to-intensity conversion is a crucial part in any FBG-based sensing system. Among the various types of wavelength-to-intensity converters, unbalanced interferometers are especially attractive because of their small weight and volume, lack of moving parts, easy integration, and good stability. In this paper we investigate the applicability of unbalanced interferometers to analyze signals reflected from Bragg gratings. Analytical and experimental data are presented.

  19. D-shaped fiber grating refractive index sensor induced by an ultrashort pulse laser.

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    Liao, Changrui; Wang, Qiao; Xu, Lei; Liu, Shen; He, Jun; Zhao, Jing; Li, Zhengyong; Wang, Yiping

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication of fiber Bragg gratings was here demonstrated using ultrashort pulse laser point-by-point inscription. This is a very convenient means of creating fiber Bragg gratings with different grating periods and works by changing the translation speed of the fiber. The laser energy was first optimized in order to improve the spectral properties of the fiber gratings. Then, fiber Bragg gratings were formed into D-shaped fibers for use as refractive index sensors. A nonlinear relationship was observed between the Bragg wavelength and liquid refractive index, and a sensitivity of ∼30  nm/RIU was observed at 1.450. This shows that D-shaped fiber Bragg gratings might be used to develop promising biochemical sensors. PMID:26974608

  20. Photonic scanning receiver using an electrically tuned fiber Bragg grating.

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    Rugeland, P; Yu, Z; Sterner, C; Tarasenko, O; Tengstrand, G; Margulis, W

    2009-12-15

    A 5-cm-long electrically tuned fiber Bragg grating is used to filter a microwave signal on an optical carrier at 1.55 mum. A chirped distributed-feedback structure is employed, with a transmission bandwidth of 54 MHz and relative optical carrier rejection of >30 dB for rf frequencies >2 GHz. The rapid monotonic sweep of the Bragg wavelength is translated into a fast-frequency sweep for rf analysis. PMID:20016616

  1. Bragg gratings in carbon coated optical fibers and their potential sensor applications in harsh environment

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    Li, Yaowen; Kudelko, David J.; Hokansson, Adam S.; Simoff, Debra A.; Stolov, Andrei A.; Ng, Joanna; Mann, Joel

    2014-05-01

    We have demonstrated that fiber Bragg gratings can be written through the carbon layer of carbon-coated optical fibers having different coating thicknesses. Specifically, grating index modulation amplitudes of ~2.5x10-5 and 0.52x10-5 were obtained in optical fibers having carbon layers 29 nm and 56 nm thick, respectively, without any extra photosensitization of the fibers. Subsequent experimental results showed that the carbon coatings in the grating areas didn't change their hermetic properties. Finally, we describe the advantages of these gratings and their potential applications in fiber optic sensing.

  2. Femtosecond-laser-inscribed sampled fiber Bragg grating with ultrahigh thermal stability.

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    Zhang, Congzhe; Yang, Yuanhong; Wang, Chao; Liao, Changrui; Wang, Yiping

    2016-02-22

    We have successfully fabricated a series of sampled fiber Bragg gratings with easily adjustable sampling periods and duty cycles using an 800 nm femtosecond laser point-by-point inscription. The thermal stability of the fabricated fiber gratings was investigated using isochronal annealing tests, which indicated that the fiber gratings are capable of maintaining high reflectivity at temperatures of up to 1000°C for 8 h. This demonstrates the potential of the developed sampled fiber Bragg gratings for use in multi-wavelength fiber lasers and a variety of high temperature applications. PMID:26907050

  3. Underwater acoustic sensors based on fiber bragg gratings.

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    Campopiano, Stefania; Cutolo, Antonello; Cusano, Andrea; Giordano, Michele; Parente, Giuseppe; Lanza, Giuseppe; Laudati, Armando

    2009-01-01

    We report on recent results obtained with a fiber optic hydrophone based on the intensity modulation of the laser light in a FBG (Fiber Bragg Grating) under the influence of the sound pressure. In order to control the behavior of the hydrophone in terms of sensitivity and bandwidth, FBGs have been coated with proper materials, characterized by different elastic modulus and shapes. In particular, new experiments have been carried out using a cylindrical geometry with two different coating, showing that the sensitivity is not influenced by the shape but by the transversal dimension and the material characteristics of the coating. PMID:22408534

  4. Pressure mapping at orthopaedic joint interfaces with fiber Bragg gratings

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    Mohanty, Lipi; Tjin, Swee Chuan

    2006-02-01

    We present the concept of a fiber-optic sensor that can be used for pressure mapping at the prosthetic knee joint, in vitro and in vivo. An embedded array of fiber Bragg gratings is used to measure the load on the tibial spacer. The sensor gives the magnitude and the location of the applied load. The effect of material properties on the sensitivity of each subgrating is presented. The wavelength-shift maps show the malalignment of implants and demonstrate the potential of this sensor for use during total knee arthroplasty.

  5. Absolute strain measurements made with fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Song, In C.; Lee, Sun K.; Jeong, Sung H.; Lee, Byeong H.

    2004-02-01

    A strain sensor system based on optical fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) is proposed with a new matched-filter design. The strain variation on the sensor FBG is continuously followed and matched by a filter FBG by use of a feedback control loop that produces an identical strain condition on the filter FBG. The matched strain on the filter FBG is then determined from the resonance vibration of the fiber piece embedding the filter FBG. The implementation and the performance of the proposed system are described. It is demonstrated that the proposed system can distinguish strain variation on the sensor FBG with resolution of one microstrain.

  6. Fiber Bragg Gratings for High-Temperature Thermal Characterization

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    Stinson-Bagby, Kelly L.; Fielder, Robert S.

    2004-07-01

    Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors were used as a characterization tool to study the SAFE-100 thermal simulator at the Nasa Marshal Space Flight Center. The motivation for this work was to support Nasa space nuclear power initiatives through the development of advanced fiber optic sensors for space-based nuclear power applications. Distributed high temperature measurements, up to 1150 deg. C, were made with FBG temperature sensors. Additionally, FBG strain measurements were taken at elevated temperatures to provide a strain profile of the core during operation. This paper will discuss the contribution of these measurements to meet the goals of Nasa Marshall Space Flight Center's Propulsion Research Center. (authors)

  7. Graphene-controlled fiber Bragg grating and enabled optical bistability.

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    Gan, Xuetao; Wang, Yadong; Zhang, Fanlu; Zhao, Chenyang; Jiang, Biqiang; Fang, Liang; Li, Dongying; Wu, Hao; Ren, Zhaoyu; Zhao, Jianlin

    2016-02-01

    We report a graphene-assisted all-optical control of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG), which enables in-fiber optical bistability and switching. With an optical pump, a micro-FBG wrapped by graphene evolves into chirped and phase-shifted FBGs, whose characteristic wavelengths and bandwidths could be controlled by the pump power. Optical bistability and multistability are achieved in the controlled FBG based on a shifted Bragg reflection or Fabry-Perot-type resonance, which allow the implementation of optical switching with an extinction ratio exceeding 20 dB and a response time in tens of milliseconds. PMID:26907434

  8. Polarization mode coupling and related effects in fiber Bragg grating inscribed in polarization maintaining fiber.

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    Zhao, Yanshuang; Sun, Bo; Liu, Yanlei; Ren, Jing; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Jun; Canning, John; Peng, G D; Yuan, Libo

    2016-01-11

    Polarization mode coupling (PMC) and related effects from writing fiber Bragg gratings in polarization maintaining fiber (FBGs-in-PMF) are observed experimentally for the first time by optical fiber coherence domain polarimetry (OCDP) using a broadband light source. PMC is another useful aspect of FBG-in-PMF besides Bragg wavelength and its possible potential is evaluated and discussed. A localized and long range temperature measurement based on the PMC and Bragg wavelength is given as an example. PMID:26832291

  9. Measurement of high-birefringent spun fiber parameters using short-length fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Vasiliev, S A; Przhiyalkovsky, Ya V; Gnusin, P I; Medvedkov, O I; Dianov, E M

    2016-05-30

    Spectral polarization characteristics of short-length fiber Bragg gratings UV-written in a highly-birefringent spun-fiber have been investigated. Based on the analysis of the characteristics the technique for measuring the built-in linear phase birefringence as well as the spin period in this fiber type has been suggested. In this method the birefringence dispersion is excluded and therefore the built-in linear phase birefringence can be measured with an improved accuracy. PMID:27410060

  10. Polarization-maintaining fiber-optic-grating vector vibroscope.

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    Guo, Tuan; Shang, Libin; Liu, Fu; Wu, Chuang; Guan, Bai-Ou; Tam, Hwa-Yaw; Albert, Jacques

    2013-02-15

    A fiber-optic vector vibroscope based on orthogonal polarization cladding-to-core recoupling is demonstrated. A compact structure in which a short section of polarization-maintained (PM) fiber stub containing a straight fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is spliced to another single-mode fiber. Two well-defined orthogonally polarized cladding modes reflected by the PM-FBG are recoupled at the junction and the coupling intensity shows an extremely high sensitivity to bending in the corresponding orthogonal directions. Both the orientation and amplitude of the vibrations can be determined unambiguously via dual-path power detection of these recoupled orthogonal-polarimetric cladding modes (LP(1,12) and LP(1,13)). Since spectral information is not required, temperature changes do not affect the sensor response, and power fluctuations can be referenced out by monitoring the power in the core mode (LP(0,1)) resonance. PMID:23455126

  11. Electrically tunable holographic polymer templated blue phase liquid crystal grating

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    He, Zheng-Hong; Chen, Chao-Ping; Zhu, Ji-Liang; Yuan, Ya-Chao; Li, Yan; Hu, Wei; Li, Xiao; Li, Hong-Jing; Lu, Jian-Gang; Su, Yi-Kai

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate an alternative approach to fabricating an electrically tunable holographic polymer templated blue phase liquid crystal grating. This grating is obtained by preforming a polymer template comprised of periodic fringes, and then refilling it with a blue phase liquid crystal. Compared with conventional holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal gratings, our grating can remarkably reduce its switching voltage from 200 V to 43 V while maintaining a sub-millisecond response time. The holographic polymer templated blue phase liquid crystal (HPTBPLC) grating is free from electrode patterning, thus leading to a lower cost and more flexible applications. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB328804), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61307028), the Funds from the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (Grant Nos. 11JC1405300, 13ZR1420000, and 14ZR1422300), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. XDJK 2011C047).

  12. Thermally triggered fiber lasers based on secondary-type-In Bragg gratings.

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    Feng, Fu-Rong; Ran, Yang; Liang, Yi-Zhi; Gao, Shuai; Feng, Yuan-Hua; Jin, Long; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2016-06-01

    The secondary-type-In grating formed in a small-core photosensitivity active fiber is discovered and investigated. Due to the different grating types, the transmission dip of a secondary grating structure chases and integrates with the type-In grating structure as the temperature increases, which strengthens the reflectivity of the grating. By use of these secondary-type-In gratings as Bragg reflectors, a thermally activated distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) fiber laser is proposed, which can be potentially used in high-temperature alarms and sensors. PMID:27244391

  13. The analysis on long-period fiber grating bending sensing rules

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    Luo, Yingxiang

    2011-12-01

    Solve the problem of fiber grating measuring calibration pressure, temperature, dip Angle and other important parameters, it is a satisfactory solution to use high strength dielectric-coated metallic structure of the hollow fiber grating sensors too Hertz. Preliminary theory analysis and simulation and test results show that the absorption of polyethylene with smaller in the terahertz wave band an ideal choice to the terahertz hollow fiber membrane materials. Use of metal and metal structure dielectric-coated hollow fiber grave phase-shifted fiber grating, constitute a kind of fiber grating sensor calibration. Differential structure can be used to overcome the influence of the environment. Dielectric-coated metallic structure of the hollow fiber the coherent detection methods of obtaining high gain, phase-shifted fiber grating optical heterodyne method to detect frequency, use the frequency range is 1012 kHz, and the frequency resolution 1 KHz.

  14. Fiber-Optic Gratings for Lidar Measurements of Water Vapor

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    Vann, Leila B.; DeYoung, Russell J.

    2006-01-01

    Narrow-band filters in the form of phase-shifted Fabry-Perot Bragg gratings incorporated into optical fibers are being developed for differential-absorption lidar (DIAL) instruments used to measure concentrations of atmospheric water vapor. The basic idea is to measure the relative amounts of pulsed laser light scattered from the atmosphere at two nearly equal wavelengths, one of which coincides with an absorption spectral peak of water molecules and the other corresponding to no water vapor absorption. As part of the DIAL measurement process, the scattered light is made to pass through a filter on the way to a photodetector. Omitting other details of DIAL for the sake of brevity, what is required of the filter is to provide a stop band that: Surrounds the water-vapor spectral absorption peaks at a wavelength of 946 nm, Has a spectral width of at least a couple of nanometers, Contains a pass band preferably no wider than necessary to accommodate the 946.0003-nm-wavelength water vapor absorption peak [which has 8.47 pm full width at half maximum (FWHM)], and Contains another pass band at the slightly shorter wavelength of 945.9 nm, where there is scattering of light from aerosol particles but no absorption by water molecules. Whereas filters used heretofore in DIAL have had bandwidths of =300 pm, recent progress in the art of fiber-optic Bragg-grating filters has made it feasible to reduce bandwidths to less than or equal to 20 pm and thereby to reduce background noise. Another benefit of substituting fiber-optic Bragg-grating filters for those now in use would be significant reductions in the weights of DIAL instruments. Yet another advantage of fiber-optic Bragg-grating filters is that their transmission spectra can be shifted to longer wavelengths by heating or stretching: hence, it is envisioned that future DIAL instruments would contain devices for fine adjustment of transmission wavelengths through stretching or heating of fiber-optic Bragg-grating filters

  15. Fiber Bragg grating sensors: a market overview

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    Méndez, A.

    2007-07-01

    Over the last few years, optical fiber sensors have seen increased acceptance and widespread use. Among the multitude of sensor types, FBG based sensors, more than any other particular sensor type, have become widely known and popular. Given their intrinsic capability to measure a multitude of parameters such as strain, temperature, pressure, chemical and biological agents - and many others - coupled with their flexibility of design to be used as single point or multi-point sensing arrays and their relative low cost, make of FBGs ideal devices to be adopted for a multitude of different sensing applications and implemented in different fields and industries. However, some technical hurdles and market barriers need to be overcome in order for this technology - and fiber sensors in general - to gain more commercial momentum and achieve faster market growth such as the need for industry standards on FBGs and FBG-based sensors, adequate packaging designs, as well as training and education of prospective customers and end-users.

  16. Research of a fiber grating demodulation system based on monitoring the auto-tyre health status

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    Fu, Guangwei; Qi, Yuefeng; Bi, Weihong

    2006-02-01

    A polarization maintaining fiber grating multiplexed sensors based on characteristics of some parameters such as transverse strain, longitudinal strain, temperature and rotating speed of tyre and so on is introduced in the article, and all of those are important for safe operation of cars. In addition, a novel fiber grating wavelength demodulation scheme based on the phase-shifted fiber grating is proposed. One or several spectral windows with slight line-width are unfolded in reflecting spectrum of phase-shifted fiber grating. And the location of window changes at linearly with phase-shifted change. The phase-shifted change of phase-shifted fiber grating can match with phase-shift change of multiplexed sensors through using special phase-shifted fiber grating in the demodulation systems. So we can gain some spectral windows with slight line-width in the end, which is looked upon an impulse signal, and these signals can provide convenience for searching wave peak later.

  17. System Construction for the Measurement of Bragg Grating Characteristics in Optical Fibers

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    West, Douglas P.

    1995-01-01

    Bragg gratings are used to measure strain in optical fibers. To measure strain they are sometimes used as a smart structure. They must be characterized after they are written to determine their spectral response. This paper deals with the test setup to characterize Bragg grating spectral responses.Bragg gratings are a photo-induced phenomena in optical fibers. The gratings can be used to measure strain by measuring the shift in wavelength. They placed the fibers into a smart structure to measure the stress and strain produced on support columns placed in bridges. As the cable is subjected to strain the grating causes a shift to a longer wavelength if the fiber is stretched and a shift to a shorter wavelength shift if the fiber is compacted. Our applications involve using the fibers to measure stress and strain on airborne systems. There are many ways to write Bragg gratings into optical fibers. Our focus is on side writing the grating. Our capabilities are limited in the production rate of the gratings. The Bragg grating is written into a fiber and becomes a permanent fixture. We are writing the grating to be centered at 1300 nm because that is the standard phase mask wavelength.

  18. Hydrogen loading to the optic fibers for fiber grating sensors

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    Pan, Zhi-yong; Zhang, Xiao-qiang; Xiao, Chun; Zhu, Yuan; Wei, Wen-jie

    2015-10-01

    Fibers with different depths of hermetically coated carbon are hydrogen loaded and radiated, and it's found that too thick of carbon layer around fiber can't bring best radiation-resistant properties, because the thick carbon layer would make the entering of hydrogen difficult although it can help to stop the hydrogen escaping. We also research the duration of saturated hydrogen loading under the temperature of 30°C, 50°C and 80°C respectively, and it's found that after 150h, 100h and 48h, the fibers' photo sensitivities tend to be flat. Besides, in order to research the period of validity of hydrogen, some hydrogen loaded fibers are idle for from 1 day to 1 months before etched. The additional loss of these fibers are tested and compared.

  19. Mechanically induced long period fiber gratings on single mode tapered optical fiber for structure sensing applications

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    Pulido-Navarro, María. G.; Marrujo-García, Sigifredo; Álvarez-Chávez, José A.; Velázquez-González, Jesús S.; Martínez-Piñón, Fernando; Escamilla-Ambrosio, Ponciano J.

    2015-08-01

    The modal characteristics of tapered single mode optical fibers and its strain sensing characteristics by using mechanically induced long period fiber gratings are presented in this work. Both Long Period Fiber Gratings (LPFG) and fiber tapers are fiber devices that couple light from the core fiber into the fiber cladding modes. The mechanical LPFG is made up of two plates, one flat and the other grooved. For this experiment the grooved plate was done on an acrylic slab with the help of a computer numerical control machine. The manufacturing of the tapered fiber is accomplished by applying heat using an oxygen-propane flame burner and stretching the fiber, which protective coating has been removed. Then, a polymer-tube-package is added in order to make the sensor sufficiently stiff for the tests. The mechanical induced LPFG is accomplished by putting the tapered fiber in between the two plates, so the taper acquires the form of the grooved plate slots. Using a laser beam the transmission spectrum showed a large peak transmission attenuation of around -20 dB. The resultant attenuation peak wavelength in the transmission spectrum shifts with changes in tension showing a strain sensitivity of 2pm/μɛ. This reveals an improvement on the sensitivity for structure monitoring applications compared with the use of a standard optical fiber. In addition to the experimental work, the supporting theory and numerical simulation analysis are also included.

  20. Improved Phase-Mask Fabrication of Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Grant, Joseph; Wang, Ying; Sharma, Anup

    2004-01-01

    An improved method of fabrication of Bragg gratings in optical fibers combines the best features of two prior methods: one that involves the use of a phase mask and one that involves interference between the two coherent laser beams. The improved method affords flexibility for tailoring Bragg wavelengths and bandwidths over wide ranges. A Bragg grating in an optical fiber is a periodic longitudinal variation in the index of refraction of the fiber core. The spatial period (Bragg wavelength) is chosen to obtain enhanced reflection of light of a given wavelength that would otherwise propagate relatively unimpeded along the core. Optionally, the spatial period of the index modulation can be made to vary gradually along the grating (such a grating is said to be chirped ) in order to obtain enhanced reflection across a wavelength band, the width of which is determined by the difference between the maximum and minimum Bragg wavelengths. In the present method as in both prior methods, a Bragg grating is formed by exposing an optical fiber to an ultraviolet-light interference field. The Bragg grating coincides with the pattern of exposure of the fiber core to ultraviolet light; in other words, the Bragg grating coincides with the interference fringes. Hence, the problem of tailoring the Bragg wavelength and bandwidth is largely one of tailoring the interference pattern and the placement of the fiber in the interference pattern. In the prior two-beam interferometric method, a single laser beam is split into two beams, which are subsequently recombined to produce an interference pattern at the location of an optical fiber. In the prior phase-mask method, a phase mask is used to diffract a laser beam mainly into two first orders, the interference between which creates the pattern to which an optical fiber is exposed. The prior two-beam interferometric method offers the advantage that the period of the interference pattern can be adjusted to produce gratings over a wide range

  1. Interrogating adhesion using fiber Bragg grating sensing technology

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    Rasberry, Roger D.; Rohr, Garth D.; Miller, William K.; Udd, Eric; Blach, Noah T.; Davis, Ryan A.; Olson, Walter R.; Calkins, David; Roach, Allen R.; Walsh, David S.; McElhanon, James R.

    2015-05-01

    The assurance of the integrity of adhesive bonding at substrate interfaces is paramount to the longevity and sustainability of encapsulated components. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to non-destructively evaluate these materials to determine the adequacy of bonding after manufacturing and then later in service. A particularly difficult problem in this regard is the reliable detection/monitoring of regions of weak bonding that may result from poor adhesion or poor cohesive strength, or degradation in service. One promising and perhaps less explored avenue we have recently begun to investigate for this purpose centers on the use of (chirped) fiber Bragg grating sensing technology. In this scenario, a grating is patterned into a fiber optic such that a (broadband) spectral reflectance is observed. The sensor is highly sensitive to local and uniform changes across the length of the grating. Initial efforts to evaluate this approach for measuring adhesive bonding defects at substrate interfaces are discussed. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  2. Orientation-Dependent Displacement Sensor Using an Inner Cladding Fiber Bragg Grating.

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    Yang, Tingting; Qiao, Xueguang; Rong, Qiangzhou; Bao, Weijia

    2016-01-01

    An orientation-dependent displacement sensor based on grating inscription over a fiber core and inner cladding has been demonstrated. The device comprises a short piece of multi-cladding fiber sandwiched between two standard single-mode fibers (SMFs). The grating structure is fabricated by a femtosecond laser side-illumination technique. Two well-defined resonances are achieved by the downstream both core and cladding fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The cladding resonance presents fiber bending dependence, together with a strong orientation dependence because of asymmetrical distribution of the "cladding" FBG along the fiber cross-section. PMID:27626427

  3. Draw tower fiber Bragg gratings and their use in sensing technology

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    Lindner, E.; Mörbitz, J.; Chojetzki, C.; Becker, M.; Brückner, S.; Schuster, K.; Rothhardt, M.; Bartelt, H.

    2011-06-01

    The idea of fabricating fiber Bragg gratings already during the drawing of a fiber dates back almost 20 years. The application of a transverse holographic writing method on a draw tower offers a promising solution for a highly effective Bragg grating production. Because of the high technology requirements it took more than 10 years to develop the method into a reliable process. During the last five years the improvements in the technical development enables cost effective industrial production of draw tower gratings (1DTG®). In this paper we report about new possibilities of the improved process with respect to the grating type (type I gratings, type II gratings), the coating type (2ORMOCER®, metals) and the fiber type and diameter (125μm, 80μm and below). Furthermore, we present examples for the application of draw tower fiber Bragg gratings in sensing technologies for medical applications.

  4. Tunable phase-shifted fiber Bragg grating based on femtosecond laser fabricated in-grating bubble.

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    Liao, Changrui; Xu, Lei; Wang, Chao; Wang, D N; Wang, Yiping; Wang, Qiao; Yang, Kaiming; Li, Zhengyong; Zhong, Xiaoyong; Zhou, Jiangtao; Liu, Yingjie

    2013-11-01

    We present a type of phase-shifted fiber Bragg gratings based on an in-grating bubble fabricated by femtosecond (fs) laser ablation together with a fusion-splicing technique. A microchannel vertically crossing the bubble is drilled by fs laser to allow liquid to flow in or out. By filling different refractive index (RI) liquid into the bubble, the phase-shift peak is found to experience a linear red shift with the increase of RI, while little contribution to the change of phase shift comes from the temperature and axial strain. Therefore, such a PS-FBG could be used to develop a promising tunable optical filter and sensor. PMID:24177122

  5. Bandwidth-Tunable Fiber Bragg Gratings Based on UV Glue Technique

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    Fu, Ming-Yue; Liu, Wen-Feng; Chen, Hsin-Tsang; Chuang, Chia-Wei; Bor, Sheau-Shong; Tien, Chuen-Lin

    2007-07-01

    In this study, we have demonstrated that a uniform fiber Bragg grating (FBG) can be transformed into a chirped fiber grating by a simple UV glue adhesive technique without shifting the reflection band with respect to the center wavelength of the FBG. The technique is based on the induced strain of an FBG due to the UV glue adhesive force on the fiber surface that causes a grating period variation and an effective index change. This technique can provide a fast and simple method of obtaining the required chirp value of a grating for applications in the dispersion compensators, gain flattening in erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) or optical filters.

  6. Humidity insensitive TOPAS polymer fiber Bragg grating sensor.

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    Yuan, Wu; Khan, Lutful; Webb, David J; Kalli, Kyriacos; Rasmussen, Henrik K; Stefani, Alessio; Bang, Ole

    2011-09-26

    We report the first experimental demonstration of a humidity insensitive polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG), as well as the first FBG recorded in a TOPAS polymer optical fiber in the important low loss 850 nm spectral region. For the demonstration we have fabricated FBGs with resonance wavelength around 850 nm and 1550 nm in single-mode microstructured polymer optical fibers made of TOPAS and the conventional poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Characterization of the FBGs shows that the TOPAS FBG is more than 50 times less sensitive to humidity than the conventional PMMA FBG in both wavelength regimes. This makes the TOPAS FBG very appealing for sensing applications as it appears to solve the humidity sensitivity problem suffered by the PMMA FBG. PMID:21996915

  7. Pressure Effects on the Temperature Sensitivity of Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Wu, Meng-Chou

    2012-01-01

    A 3-dimensional physical model was developed to relate the wavelength shifts resulting from temperature changes of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) to the thermal expansion coefficients, Young s moduli of optical fibers, and thicknesses of coating polymers. Using this model the Bragg wavelength shifts were calculated and compared with the measured wavelength shifts of FBGs with various coating thickness for a finite temperature range. There was a discrepancy between the calculated and measured wavelength shifts. This was attributed to the refractive index change of the fiber core by the thermally induced radial pressure. To further investigate the pressure effects, a small diametric load was applied to a FBG and Bragg wavelength shifts were measured over a temperature range of 4.2 to 300K.

  8. All-optical low noise fiber Bragg grating microphone.

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    Bandutunga, Chathura P; Fleddermann, Roland; Gray, Malcolm B; Close, John D; Chow, Jong H

    2016-07-20

    We present an all-fiber design for a microphone using a fiber Bragg grating Fabry-Perot resonator attached to a diaphragm transducer. We analytically model and verify the fiber-diaphragm mechanical interaction, using the Hänsch-Couillaud readout technique to provide necessary sensitivity. We achieved a noise-equivalent strain sensitivity of 7.1×10-12  ϵ/Hz, which corresponds to a sound pressure of 74  μPa/Hz at 1 kHz limited by laser frequency noise and yielding a signal-to-noise ratio of 47±2  dB with a 1 Pa drive at 1 kHz, in close agreement with modeled results. PMID:27463906

  9. Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser.

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    McComb, Timothy; Sudesh, Vikas; Richardson, Martin

    2008-04-15

    A Tm-doped large mode area (LMA) silica fiber laser has been locked to a stable wavelength of 2,053.9 nm using a volume Bragg grating (VBG). The measured spectral width of the laser output was <300 pm, limited by the spectrometer resolution. Although this laser had modest output (approximately 5W) and slope efficiency (41%), this new approach to spectrally limiting the output of LMA fiber lasers is inherently extendable to kilowatt powers, opening up several applications including high-power pulsed fiber lasers and spectral beam combining. Performance characteristics of the laser compared to one using a dielectric mirror as a high reflector are described, and the results imply low VBG losses. PMID:18414564

  10. Characterization of temperature-dependent birefringence in polarization maintaining fibers based on Brillouin dynamic gratings

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    Kim, Yong Hyun; Song, Kwang Yong

    2015-07-01

    Temperature dependence of birefringence in various types of polarization-maintaining fibers (PMF's) is rigorously investigated by the spectral analysis of Brillouin dynamic grating (BDG). PANDA, Bowtie, and PM photonic crystal fibers are tested in the temperature range of -30 to 150 ºC, where nonlinear temperature dependence is quantified for each fiber to an accuracy of ±7.6 × 10-8. It is observed that the amount of deviation from the linearity varies according to the structural parameters of the PMF's and the existence of acrylate jacket. Experimental confirmation of the validity of the BDG-based birefringence measurement is also presented in comparison to the periodic lateral force method.

  11. CGH-based real-time analysis of fiber Bragg gratings in few mode LMA fibers

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    Mundus, Markus; Thomas, Jens U.; Voigtländer, Christian; Becker, Ria G.; Jauregui, Cesar; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2012-02-01

    We report on a new approach for experimentally analyzing transversal mode coupling in few mode fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). Utilizing a spatial light modulator (SLM) enables real-time modulation of the incident spatial light distribution coupled into the fiber. Thus, individual transversal fiber modes can be excited, allowing for effort-less mode switching and mode rotation. Simultaneously, the transmitted and reflected modes are analyzed. We use this setup to demonstrate LP mode discrimination by asymmetric FBGs which favor reflection of a designated LP11 mode orientation for few mode large mode area fibers.

  12. Fiber-optic Doppler velocimeter based on a dual-polarization fiber grating laser

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    Kuang, Zeyuang; Cheng, Linghao; Liang, Yizhi; Liang, Hao; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2015-07-01

    A fiber-optic Doppler velocimeter based on a dual-polarization fiber grating laser is demonstrated. The fiber grating laser produces two orthogonally polarized laser outputs with their frequency difference proportional to the intra-cavity birefringence. When the laser outputs are reflected from a moving targets, the laser frequencies will be shifted due to the Doppler effect. It shows that the frequency difference between the beat note of the laser outputs and the beat note of the reflected lasers is proportional to the velocity. The proposed fiber-optic Doppler velocimeter shows a high sensitivity of 0.64 MHz/m/s and is capable of measurement of wide range of velocity.

  13. Polymer optical fiber grating as water activity sensor

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    Zhang, Wei; Webb, David J.

    2014-05-01

    Controlling the water content within a product has long been required in the chemical processing, agriculture, food storage, paper manufacturing, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and fuel industries. The limitations of water content measurement as an indicator of safety and quality are attributed to differences in the strength with which water associates with other components in the product. Water activity indicates how tightly water is "bound," structurally or chemically, in products. Water absorption introduces changes in the volume and refractive index of poly(methyl methacrylate) PMMA. Therefore for a grating made in PMMA based optical fiber, its wavelength is an indicator of water absorption and PMMA thus can be used as a water activity sensor. In this work we have investigated the performance of a PMMA based optical fiber grating as a water activity sensor in sugar solution, saline solution and Jet A-1 aviation fuel. Samples of sugar solution with sugar concentration from 0 to 8%, saline solution with concentration from 0 to 22%, and dried (10ppm), ambient (39ppm) and wet (68ppm) aviation fuels were used in experiments. The corresponding water activities are measured as 1.0 to 0.99 for sugar solution, 1.0 to 0.86 for saline solution, and 0.15, 0.57 and 1.0 for the aviation fuel samples. The water content in the measured samples ranges from 100% (pure water) to 10 ppm (dried aviation fuel). The PMMA based optical fiber grating exhibits good sensitivity and consistent response, and Bragg wavelength shifts as large as 3.4 nm when the sensor is transferred from dry fuel to wet fuel.

  14. Temperature sensing of micron scale polymer fibers using fiber Bragg gratings

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    Zhou, J.; Zhang, Y.; Mulle, M.; Lubineau, G.

    2015-08-01

    Highly conductive polymer fibers are key components in the design of multifunctional textiles. Measuring the voltage/temperature relationships of these fibers is very challenging due to their very small diameters, making it impossible to rely on classical temperature sensing techniques. These fibers are also so fragile that they cannot withstand any perturbation from external measurement systems. We propose here, a non-contact temperature measurement technique based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The heat exchange is carefully controlled between the probed fibers and the sensing FBG by promoting radiation and convective heat transfer rather than conduction, which is known to be poorly controlled. We demonstrate our technique on a highly conductive Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS)-based fiber. A non-phenomenological model of the sensing system based on meaningful physical parameters is validated towards experimental observations. The technique reliably measures the temperature of the polymer fibers when subjected to electrical loading.

  15. Thermal Evaluation of Fiber Bragg Gratings at Extreme Temperatures

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    Juergens, Jeffrey; Adamovsky, Grigory; Bhatt, Ramakrishna; Morscher, Gregory; Floyd, Bertram

    2005-01-01

    The development of integrated fiber optic sensors for use in aerospace health monitoring systems demands that the sensors be able to perform in extreme environments. In order to use fiber optic sensors effectively in an extreme environment one must have a thorough understanding of the sensor's capabilities, limitations, and performance under extreme environmental conditions. This paper reports on our current sensor evaluation examining the performance of freestanding fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) at extreme temperatures. While the ability of FBGs to survive at extreme temperatures has been established, their performance and long term survivability is not well documented. At extreme temperatures the grating structure would be expected to dissipate, degrading the sensors performance and eventually ceasing to return a detectable signal. The fiber jacket will dissipate leaving a brittle, unprotected fiber. For FBGs to be used in aerospace systems their performance and limitations need to be thoroughly understood at extreme temperatures. As the limits of the FBGs performance are pushed the long term survivability and performance of the sensor comes into question. We will not only examine the ability of FBGs to survive extreme temperatures but also look at their performance during many thermal cycles. This paper reports on test results of the performance of thermal cycling commercially available FBGs, at temperatures up to 1000 C, seen in aerospace applications. Additionally this paper will report on the performance of commercially available FBGs held at 1000 C for hundreds of hours. Throughout the evaluation process, various parameters of the FBGs performance were monitored and recorded. Several test samples were subjected to identical test conditions to allow for statistical analysis of the data. Test procedures, calibrations, referencing techniques, performance data, and interpretations and explanations of results are presented in the paper along with directions for

  16. Refractive index sensitivity of long-period fiber gratings written in thinned cladding fiber by CO2 laser

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    Zhao, Yunhe; Liu, Yunqi; Guo, Qiang; Wang, Tingyun

    2014-05-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of the long-period fiber gratings (LPFGs) in the thinned cladding fiber (TCF) using CO2 laser. The sensing response of the gratings to surrounding refractive index has been investigated experimentally. The LPFGs written in the TCF could be used as the high sensitive refractive index sensors.

  17. Optical code division multiplexed fiber Bragg grating sensing networks

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    Triana, Cristian; Varón, Margarita; Pastor, Daniel

    2015-09-01

    We present the application of Optical Code Division Multiplexing (OCDM) techniques in order to enhance the spectral operation and detection capability of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors networks even under overlapping conditions. In this paper, Optical Orthogonal Codes (OOC) are used to design FBG sensors composed of more than one reflection band. Simulation of the interaction between the encoded Gaussian-shaped sensors is presented. Signal decoding is performed in the electrical domain without requiring additional optical components by means of the autocorrelation product between the reflected spectrum and each sensor-codeword. Results illustrate the accuracy and distinction capability of the method.

  18. Development of pulse laser processing for mounting fiber Bragg grating

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    Nishimura, Aikihko; Shimada, Yukihiro; Yonemoto, Yukihiro; Suzuki, Hirokazu; Ishibashi, Hisayoshi

    2012-07-01

    Pulse laser processing has been developed for the application of industrial plants in monitoring and maintenance. Surface cleaning by nano-second laser ablation was demonstrated for decontamination of oxide layers of Cr contained steel. Direct writing by femtosecond processing induced a Bragg grating in optical fiber to make it a seismic sensor for structural health monitoring. Adhesive cement was used to fix the seismic sensor on the surface of reactor coolant pipe material. Pulse laser processing and its related technologies were presented to overcome the severe accidents of nuclear power plants.

  19. Fiber Bragg Grating sensor for shock wave diagnostics

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    Ravid, Avi; Shafir, Ehud; Zilberman, Shlomi; Berkovic, Garry; Glam, Benny; Appelbaum, Gabriel

    2013-06-01

    Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor response was studied in gas-gun shock wave experiments. The sensors were embedded in PMMA target subjected to planar shock waves under 1 GPa. Two orientations of the FBG sensor with respect to the shock plane were examined: parallel and perpendicular. The shift of the reflected wavelength was measured with a system based on commonly available communication grade add-drop filters that covered the maximal expected wavelength swing. The FBG sensors survived the shock and their strain-to-wavelength response was determined by comparison to the calculated strain based on the known PMMA EOS and VISAR measurements.

  20. Development of pulse laser processing for mounting fiber Bragg grating

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    Nishimura, Aikihko; Shimada, Yukihiro; Yonemoto, Yukihiro; Suzuki, Hirokazu; Ishibashi, Hisayoshi

    2012-07-11

    Pulse laser processing has been developed for the application of industrial plants in monitoring and maintenance. Surface cleaning by nano-second laser ablation was demonstrated for decontamination of oxide layers of Cr contained steel. Direct writing by femtosecond processing induced a Bragg grating in optical fiber to make it a seismic sensor for structural health monitoring. Adhesive cement was used to fix the seismic sensor on the surface of reactor coolant pipe material. Pulse laser processing and its related technologies were presented to overcome the severe accidents of nuclear power plants.

  1. Dynamic gate algorithm for multimode fiber Bragg grating sensor systems.

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    Ganziy, D; Jespersen, O; Woyessa, G; Rose, B; Bang, O

    2015-06-20

    We propose a novel dynamic gate algorithm (DGA) for precise and accurate peak detection. The algorithm uses a threshold-determined detection window and center of gravity algorithm with bias compensation. We analyze the wavelength fit resolution of the DGA for different values of the signal-to-noise ratio and different peak shapes. Our simulations and experiments demonstrate that the DGA method is fast and robust with better stability and accuracy than conventional algorithms. This makes it very attractive for future implementation in sensing systems, especially based on multimode fiber Bragg gratings. PMID:26193010

  2. Spectral evolution with incremental nanocoating of long period fiber gratings

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    Del Villar, Ignacio; Corres, Jesus M.; Achaerandio, Miguel; Arregui, Francisco J.; Matias, Ignacio R.

    2006-12-01

    The incremental deposition of a thin overlay on the cladding of a long-period fiber grating (LPFG) induces important resonance wavelength shifts in the transmission spectrum. The phenomenon is proved theoretically with a vectorial method based on hybrid modes and coupled mode theory, and experimentally with electrostatic self-assembly monolayer process. The phenomenon is repeated periodically for specific overlay thickness values with the particularity that the shape of the resonance wavelength shift depends on the thickness of the overlay. The main applications are the design of wide optical filters and multiparameter sensing devices.

  3. Orientation-dependent fiber-optic accelerometer based on grating inscription over fiber cladding.

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    Rong, Qiangzhou; Qiao, Xueguang; Guo, Tuan; Bao, Weijia; Su, Dan; Yang, Hangzhou

    2014-12-01

    An orientation-sensitive fiber-optic accelerometer based on grating inscription over fiber cladding has been demonstrated. The sensor probe comprises a compact structure in which a short section of thin-core fiber (TCF) stub containing a "cladding" fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is spliced to another single-mode fiber (SMF) without any lateral offset. A femtosecond laser side-illumination technique was utilized to ensure that the grating inscription remains close to the core-cladding interface of the TCF. The core mode and the cladding mode of the TCF are coupled at the core-mismatch junction, and two well-defined resonances in reflection appear from the downstream FBG, in which the cladding resonance exhibits a strong polarization and bending dependence due to the asymmetrical distribution of the cladding FBG along the fiber cross section. Strong orientation dependence of the vibration (acceleration) measurement has been achieved by power detection of the cladding resonance. Meanwhile, the unwanted power fluctuations and temperature perturbations can be referenced out by monitoring the fundamental core resonance. PMID:25490635

  4. Bragg grating fabrication on tapered fiber tips based on focused ion beam milling

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    André, Ricardo M.; Becker, Martin; Dellith, Jan; Rothhardt, Manfred; Zibaii, M. I.; Latifi, H.; Marques, Manuel B.; Bartelt, Hartmut; Frazão, Orlando

    2015-09-01

    Focused ion beam milling is used on chemically etched tapered fiber tips to create fiber Bragg gratings. These fiber Bragg gratings are based on a modulation of silica and external medium. This leads to a wide and structured spectrum obtained due to imperfections and the inherent structure of the tip. The fiber Bragg gratings presented are very short and have a length of 27 μm and 43 μm and are milled on the tapered fiber tip. They are characterized in the high temperature range 350-850ºC and a sensitivity of 14.4 pm/K is determined.

  5. Electromagnetically induced grating in a crystal of molecular magnets system

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    Liu, Jibing; Liu, Na; Shan, Chuanjia; Liu, Tangkun; Li, Hong; Zheng, Anshou; Xie, Xiao-Tao

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the response of the molecular system to the magnetic field modulation. Molecular magnets are subjected to a strong standing ac magnetic field and a weak probe magnetic field. The transmission and absorption of the weak probe magnetic field can be changed due to quantum coherence and the spatially modulating of the standing field. And a electromagnetically induced grating is formed in the crystal of molecular magnets via electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). The diffraction efficiency of the grating can be adjusted efficiently by tuning the intensity of the standing wave field and the single photon detuning.

  6. Using a Fiber Loop and Fiber Bragg Grating as a Fiber Optic Sensor to Simultaneously Measure Temperature and Displacement

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    Chang, Yao-Tang; Yen, Chih-Ta; Wu, Yue-Shiun; Cheng, Hsu-Chih

    2013-01-01

    This study integrated a fiber loop manufactured by using commercial fiber (SMF-28, Corning) and a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) to form a fiber optic sensor that could simultaneously measure displacement and temperature. The fiber loop was placed in a thermoelectric cooling module with FBG affixed to the module, and, consequently, the center wavelength displacement of FBG was limited by only the effects of temperature change. Displacement and temperature were determined by measuring changes in the transmission of optical power and shifts in Bragg wavelength. This study provides a simple and economical method to measure displacement and temperature simultaneously. PMID:23681094

  7. A highly sensitive fiber Bragg grating diaphragm pressure transducer

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    Allwood, Gary; Wild, Graham; Lubansky, Alex; Hinckley, Steven

    2015-10-01

    In this work, a novel diaphragm based pressure transducer with high sensitivity is described, including the physical design structure, in-depth analysis of optical response to changes in pressure, and a discussion of practical implementation and limitations. A flat circular rubber membrane bonded to a cylinder forms the body of the transducer. A fiber Bragg grating bonded to the center of the diaphragm structure enables the fractional change in pressure to be determined by analyzing the change in Bragg wavelength of the reflected spectra. Extensive evaluation of the physical properties and optical characteristics of the transducer has been performed through experimentation, and modeling using small deformation theory. The results show the transducer has a sensitivity of 0.116 nm/kPa, across a range of 15 kPa. Ultra-low cost interrogation of the optical signal was achieved through the use of an optically mismatched Bragg grating acting as an edge filter to convert the spectral change into an intensity change. A numerical model of the intensity based interrogation was implemented in order to validate the experimental results. Utilizing this interrogation technique and housing both the sensing and reference Bragg gratings within the main body of the transducer means it is effectively temperature insensitive and easily connected to electronic systems.

  8. 3D printed long period gratings for optical fibers.

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    Iezzi, Victor Lambin; Boisvert, Jean-Sébastien; Loranger, Sébastien; Kashyap, Raman

    2016-04-15

    We demonstrate a simple technique for implementing long period grating (LPG) structures by the use of a 3D printer. This Letter shows a way of manipulating the mode coupling within an optical fiber by applying stress through an external 3D printed periodic structure. Different LPG lengths and periods have been studied, as well as the effect of the applied stress on the coupling efficiency from the fundamental mode to cladding modes. The technique is very simple, highly flexible, affordable, and easy to implement without the need of altering the optical fiber. This Letter is part of a growing line of interest in the use of 3D printers for optical applications. PMID:27082365

  9. [INVITED] New advances in polymer fiber Bragg gratings

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    Nogueira, Rogério; Oliveira, Ricardo; Bilro, Lúcia; Heidarialamdarloo, Jamshid

    2016-04-01

    During the last years, fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) written in polymer optical fibers (POFs) have been pointed as an interesting alternative to silica FBGs for applications in sensors and in optical access networks. In order to use such components in real applications, the manipulation of POFs, as well as the increase of quality in the production of FBGs has to be achieved. In this article some of the recent advances regarding these two aspects are reported and include recent developments to produce smooth POFs end face with high quality, benefiting the current splicing process and the inscription of high quality FBGs in a few seconds. Furthermore, additional characterizations to strain, temperature, pressure, and humidity are also shown.

  10. A Magnetostrictive Composite-Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor

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    Quintero, Sully M. M.; Braga, Arthur M. B.; Weber, Hans I.; Bruno, Antonio C.; Araújo, Jefferson F. D. F.

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a light and compact optical fiber Bragg Grating sensor for DC and AC magnetic field measurements. The fiber is coated by a thick layer of a magnetostrictive composite consisting of particles of Terfenol-D dispersed in a polymeric matrix. Among the different compositions for the coating that were tested, the best magnetostrictive response was obtained using an epoxy resin as binder and a 30% volume fraction of Terfenol-D particles with sizes ranging from 212 to 300 μm. The effect of a compressive preload in the sensor was also investigated. The achieved resolution was 0.4 mT without a preload or 0.3 mT with a compressive pre-stress of 8.6 MPa. The sensor was tested at magnetic fields of up to 750 mT under static conditions. Dynamic measurements were conducted with a magnetic unbalanced four-pole rotor. PMID:22163644

  11. Remote (250 km) Fiber Bragg Grating Multiplexing System

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    Fernandez-Vallejo, Montserrat; Rota-Rodrigo, Sergio; Lopez-Amo, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate two ultra-long range fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor interrogation systems. In the first approach four FBGs are located 200 km from the monitoring station and a signal to noise ratio of 20 dB is obtained. The second improved version is able to detect the four multiplexed FBGs placed 250 km away, offering a signal to noise ratio of 6–8 dB. Consequently, this last system represents the longest range FBG sensor system reported so far that includes fiber sensor multiplexing capability. Both simple systems are based on a wavelength swept laser to scan the reflection spectra of the FBGs, and they are composed by two identical-lengths optical paths: the first one intended to launch the amplified laser signal by means of Raman amplification and the other one is employed to guide the reflection signal to the reception system. PMID:22164101

  12. Simultaneous multipoint strain measurement using cascaded long period fiber gratings

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    Tanaka, Satoshi; Tsukida, Osamu; Ngo, Tang T.; Wada, Atsushi; Takahashi, Nobuaki

    2015-09-01

    A fiber-optic strain sensor array using long period fiber gratings (LPGs) is proposed and demonstrated, in which cascaded LPGs (C-LPGs) are employed as the sensing elements and a Fourier transform technique is applied to their periodic channeled spectra for the interrogation scheme. In this technique, strain-induced shift of the channeled spectrum of C-LPG can be determined precisely from the cross-spectrum (i.e. Fourier transform of cross-correlation) between the original and shifted channeled spectra and multiplexing operation of C-LPG sensor array can be achieved by using the different C-LPGs having the channeled spectra with various periods. In the experiment, several kinds of CLPGs are fabricated by UV-irradiation technique and simultaneous multipoint strain measurements are successfully demonstrated.

  13. Strain gradient chirp of uniform fiber Bragg grating without shift of central Bragg wavelength

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    Dong, Xinyong; Guan, Bai-Ou; Yuan, Shuzhong; Dong, Xiaoyi; Tam, Hwa-Yaw

    2002-02-01

    A novel technique to introduce large linear chirp to an uniform fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is realized by gluing the grating in a slanted direction onto the side face of a simple supported beam. Strain gradient is formed along the length of the grating when the beam is bent, and produces a linear variation in the grating pitch. This permits a tunable chirp without central wavelength shift. The maximum bandwidth of the chirped FBG produced was 11.32 nm.

  14. Multicore fiber with integrated fiber Bragg gratings for background-free Raman sensing.

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    Dochow, Sebastian; Latka, Ines; Becker, Martin; Spittel, Ron; Kobelke, Jens; Schuster, Kay; Graf, Albrecht; Brückner, Sven; Unger, Sonja; Rothhardt, Manfred; Dietzek, Benjamin; Krafft, Christoph; Popp, Jürgen

    2012-08-27

    In the last years a variety of fiber optic Raman probes emerged, which are only partly suited for in vivo applications. The in vivo capability is often limited by the bulkiness of the probes. The size is associated with the required filtering of the probes, which is necessary due to Raman scattering inside the fibers. We employed in-line fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) as notch filter for the collection path and integrated them in a novel type of Raman probe. Multicore singlemode fibers (MCSMF) were designed and drawn integrating 19 singlemode cores to achieve better collection efficiency. A Raman probe was assembled with one excitation fiber and six MCSMF with inscribed FBGs as collection fibers. The probe was characterized regarding Raman background suppression, collection efficiency, and distance dependence. First Raman measurements on brain tissue are presented. PMID:23037068

  15. Optically heated fiber Bragg grating in active fibers for low temperature sensing application

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    Qi, Lin; Jin, Long; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2013-09-01

    Optically heated fiber Bragg gratings due to the absorption over the fiber core in rare-earth doped fibers are experimentally demonstrated. Bragg wavelength variations with pump power are measured for different fibers. We found that the Er/Yb-codoped fiber presents the strongest thermal effect, due to the high absorption. A maximum wavelength shift of 1.34 nm can be obtained when the 980 nm pump power is 358 mW under room temperature, suggesting the fiber is heated up to over 100 °C. Furthermore, the thermal effect is enhanced by pumping the surrounding air to close to vacuum. A wavelength shift of 1.69 nm is attained, due to the weakened ability of heat transfer at the silica-air interface. The optical heating presents a very short response time and can found applications in low temperature circumstances.

  16. Strain distribution and sensitivity in fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Dadpay, C.; Sivakumar, N. R.; Mrad, N.

    2008-06-01

    Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) sensors have seen significant development in recent years. Such sensor technology developed initially for the civil infrastructure is currently attracting the aerospace industry due to the potential versatility of this technology and its measurement capability. The structural health monitoring and the diagnostics and prognostics health management communities are excited about such development and ready to embrace such capability. Sensors reliability and accuracy, however, continue to be two parameters critical to the eventual implementation of the technology in high value targets. Such parameters can be improved by different manufacturing techniques as well as optimum grating's coating selection. This paper presents an evaluation of the mechanical behavior of the FBG strain sensors. A simulated analysis, using finite element modeling, revealed the impact of coating material selection, coating thickness selection, and bonding effect on the strain transfer loss. Results illustrate that metallic fiber coatings are more suitable for improved strain transfer than their polymeric counterparts and acrylic coatings are least effective with adhesive layer as small as possible.

  17. Fiber Bragg grating sensors for dynamic machining applications

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    Bartow, Matthew J.; Calvert, Sean G.; Bayly, Philip V.

    2003-11-01

    Fiber Bragg grating sensors have attracted considerable attention for measurement applications due to their greatly reduced size, low weight, and immunity to electromagnetic interference in comparison with traditional sensing methods. Dynamic measurement of industrial machine tools is useful for gauging surface accuracy, monitoring tool condition, and predicting process stability, but requires a robust sensing scheme. The small size and high natural frequencies of micro machining tools coupled with a harsh manufacturing environment can render traditional sensors ineffective. This work presents a new method for measuring tool motion with fiber Bragg grating strain sensors. The feasibility of the sensing scheme is first demonstrated with a simple bench-top cantilever beam experiment. Then, a method for potting the sensors in the through coolant holes of a 1/8" carbide end mill with a high-viscosity gap-filling cyanoacrylate is demonstrated. Comparative structural analysis tests demonstrate the effectiveness of the sensors. Measurements of tool motion during cutting are presented. Finally, methods of noise reduction and improving signal accuracy are discussed.

  18. Low-threshold wavelength-switchable fiber laser based on few-mode fiber Bragg grating

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    Qi, Yanhui; Sun, Jiang; Kang, Zexin; Ma, Lin; Jin, Wenxing; Jian, Shuisheng

    2016-05-01

    We propose a backward-pump transverse mode fiber laser to generate optical beams based on few-mode fiber Bragg grating. The grating as a transverse mode filter possesses several reflection peaks by adjusting the core-offset. The transverse mode fiber laser operates at extremely low thresholds which are about 20, 16.5 and 16 mW corresponding to different operation wavelengths of 1560.98, 1562.32 and 1563.76 nm, respectively. The optical signal to noise ratios are about 72, 75.5 and 75.8 dB, when the pump power is fixed at 100 mW, respectively. The effectively exciting modes corresponding to each reflection peak interfere with each other. Different optical beams can be achieved by changing the operating wavelength or changing the state of PC. The device maybe find its applications such as sensing, transporting or manipulating microscopic particles.

  19. Fiber optic anemometer based on metal infiltrated microstructured optical fiber inscribed with Bragg grating

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    Wang, Jie; Gao, Shaorui; Liu, Zhengyong; Zhang, A. Ping; Shen, Yonghang; Tam, Hwayaw

    2015-09-01

    An all-fiber optical anemometer with high light-heat conversion efficiency by using an in-house microstructured optical fiber Bragg grating (MOFBG) is presented. Low-molten-temperature BiSnIn alloy was successfully infiltrated into 11- cm length of a six-hole microstructured optical fiber which was inscribed with a fibre Bragg grating (FBG) centered at ~848 nm. Light launched into the MOFBG was strongly absorbed by the metal to generate heat, while the FBG was utilized to monitor temperature change due to surrounding wind speed. The sensitivity of the laser-heated MOFBG anemometer was measured to be ~0.1 nm/(m/s) for wind speed ranged from 0.5 m/s to 2 m/s. The efficiency of the anemometer, defined as effective sensitivity per pump power, is 8.7 nm/(m/s*W).

  20. Liquid crystal gratings from nematic to blue phase

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    Lu, Yan-qing; Hu, Wei; Lin, Xiao-wen; Srivastava, Abhishek; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.

    2012-10-01

    Some of our recent progress on liquid crystal (LC) gratings, from nematic to blue phase, is reviewed in this invited talk. The first kind of grating is fabricated by periodically adjusting the LC directors to form alternate micro phase retarders and polarization rotators in a cell placed between crossed polarizers. The second one is demonstrated by means of photoalignment technique with alternate orthogonal homogeneously-aligned domains. To improve the response time of the gratings, several approaches are also proposed by using dual-frequency addressed nematic LC, ferroelectric LC and blue phase LC, which shows great performance including high transmittance, polarization independency and submillisecond response. At last, to obtain other controllable LC microstructures rather than simple 1D/2D gratings, we develop a micro-lithography system with a digital micro-mirror device as dynamic mask forms. It may instantly generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers and further guides the LC molecule orientations. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex patterns such as quasicrystal structures are demonstrated. Some new applications such as tunable multiport optical switching and vector beam generations are expected.

  1. Application of a photonic crystal fiber LPG for vibration monitoring

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    Nascimento, I. M.; Chesini, G.; Sousa, Marco; Osório, Jonas H.; Baptista, J. M.; Cordeiro, Cristiano M. B.; Jorge, Pedro A. S.

    2013-05-01

    A fiber optic sensor based on a long-period grating (LPG) inscribed in a photonic crystal fiber is investigated for vibration sensing for structural monitoring applications. In this paper, preliminary results are shown demonstrating the sensor ability to detect vibration induced in a test structure. The sensor frequency response when attached to a loudspeaker-acrylic plate stimulation system (tested in the range from 40 Hz to 2.5 kHz) is analyzed using an intensity based scheme with a tunable laser. An alternative interrogation scheme, where the vibration signal is retrieved from a spectral scan, is also demonstrated and analyzed showing promising characteristics for structural health monitoring.

  2. Direct writing of fiber optic components in photonic crystal fibers and other specialty fibers

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    Fernandes, Luis Andre; Sezerman, Omur; Best, Garland; Ng, Mi Li; Kane, Saidou

    2016-04-01

    Femtosecond direct laser writing has recently shown great potential for the fabrication of complex integrated devices in the cladding of optical fibers. Such devices have the advantage of requiring no bulk optical components and no breaks in the fiber path, thus reducing the need for complicated alignment, eliminating contamination, and increasing stability. This technology has already found applications using combinations of Bragg gratings, interferometers, and couplers for the fabrication of optical filters, sensors, and power monitors. The femtosecond laser writing method produces a local modification of refractive index through non-linear absorption of the ultrafast laser pulses inside the dielectric material of both the core and cladding of the fiber. However, fiber geometries that incorporate air or hollow structures, such as photonic crystal fibers (PCFs), still present a challenge since the index modification regions created by the writing process cannot be generated in the hollow regions of the fiber. In this work, the femtosecond laser method is used together with a pre-modification method that consists of partially collapsing the hollow holes using an electrical arc discharge. The partial collapse of the photonic band gap structure provides a path for femtosecond laser written waveguides to couple light from the core to the edge of the fiber for in-line power monitoring. This novel approach is expected to have applications in other specialty fibers such as suspended core fibers and can open the way for the integration of complex devices and facilitate miniaturization of optical circuits to take advantage of the particular characteristics of the PCFs.

  3. Photosensitivity of Germanium-Doped Silica Fibers, Mask Fabrication of Fiber Bragg Gratings, and Their Application as a Strain Sensor.

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    Prohaska, John Dennis

    This thesis addresses issues related to the formation and application of fiber Bragg gratings. A description of existing methods of grating formation is reviewed. Also, mechanisms for photo-induced refractive index changes in germanium doped silica fibers are examined. A new method of fiber Bragg grating formation is proposed and experimentally verified using diffraction masks. The near field diffraction theory of Fresnel images is described in relation to this new method. Bragg reflectors have been experimentally produced in germanium doped silica optical fibers through the use of a surface relief phase mask. By the addition of an optical system the period of the produced grating may be changed. The wavelength of a fiber Bragg grating has been experimentally tuned using wave front shaping optics. The application of fiber Bragg grating as a strain sensor is examined in the context of a civil engineering environment. The issues and advantages of fiber Bragg gratings as devices for distributed strain measurements in large scale concrete structures are experimentally evaluated.

  4. Temperature sensing on tapered single mode fiber using mechanically induced long period fiber gratings

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    Marrujo-García, Sigifredo; Velázquez-González, Jesús Salvador; Pulido-Navarro, María. Guadalupe; González-Ocaña, Ernesto; Mújica-Ascencio, Saúl; Martínez-Piñón, Fernando

    2015-09-01

    The modeling of a temperature optical fiber sensor is proposed and experimentally demonstrated in this work. The suggested structure to obtain the sensing temperature characteristics is by the use of a mechanically induced Long Period Fiber Grating (LPFG) on a tapered single mode optical fiber. A biconical fiber optic taper is made by applying heat using an oxygen-propane flame burner while stretching the single mode fiber (SMF) whose coating has been removed. The resulting geometry of the device is important to analyze the coupling between the core mode to the cladding modes, and this will determine whether the optical taper is adiabatic or non-adiabatic. On the other hand, the mechanical LPFG is made up of two plates, one grooved and other flat, the grooved plate was done on an acrylic slab with the help of a computerized numerical control machine (CNC). In addition to the experimental work, the supporting theory is also included.

  5. Demodulation of a fiber Bragg grating strain sensor by a multiwavelength fiber laser

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    Cong, Shan; Sun, Yunxu; Zhao, Yuxi; Pan, Lifeng

    2012-04-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors system utilizing a multi-wavelength erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFL) with frequency shifter is proposed. The system is one fiber laser cavity with two FBG sensors as its filters. One is for strain sensing, and the other one is for temperature compensation. A frequency shifter is used to suppress the mode competition to lase two wavelengths that correspond with FBGs. The wavelength shift of the EDFL represents the sensing quantity, which is demodulated by Fiber Fabry-Perot (FFP) filter. The sensor's response to strain is measured by experiment. Because of exploiting the dual-wavelength fiber laser with a frequency shifter forming the feedback as the light source, many advantages of this system are achieved, especially high signal-to-noise ratio, high detected power, and low power consuming comparing with conventional FBG sensor system utilizing broadband light as the light source. What's more, this structure is also easy to combine with FBG array.

  6. Demodulation of a fiber Bragg grating strain sensor by a multiwavelength fiber laser

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    Cong, Shan; Sun, Yunxu; Zhao, Yuxi; Pan, Lifeng

    2011-11-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors system utilizing a multi-wavelength erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFL) with frequency shifter is proposed. The system is one fiber laser cavity with two FBG sensors as its filters. One is for strain sensing, and the other one is for temperature compensation. A frequency shifter is used to suppress the mode competition to lase two wavelengths that correspond with FBGs. The wavelength shift of the EDFL represents the sensing quantity, which is demodulated by Fiber Fabry-Perot (FFP) filter. The sensor's response to strain is measured by experiment. Because of exploiting the dual-wavelength fiber laser with a frequency shifter forming the feedback as the light source, many advantages of this system are achieved, especially high signal-to-noise ratio, high detected power, and low power consuming comparing with conventional FBG sensor system utilizing broadband light as the light source. What's more, this structure is also easy to combine with FBG array.

  7. Superstructure fiber Bragg gratings with coated polyaniline film for ammonia detecting

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    Ai, Long; Mau, Jiang-Chiou; Liu, Wen-Fung; Fu, Ming-Yue; Chen, Tzu-Chiang

    2007-05-01

    In this paper, we proposed a chemical-gas fiber sensor based on the poly-aniline film coated on the surface of an etched fiber grating and experimentally demonstrated for detecting ammonia gas. This sensing mechanism is based on the testing gas to interact with the poly-aniline coating film on the surface of the fiber grating to cause the thin-film index change and then to create the Bragg wavelength shift or grating reflectivity variation. The sensitivity and response time of this sensor for measuring ammonia gas are around 0.73 nm per percent concentration and tens of mini-seconds respectively, which depend on the optical characteristics of fiber grating, the diameter of fiber cladding, and the constituents of chemical sensing film. This sensor may provide a simple, reliable, repeatable and non-destructive fiber sensing technique.

  8. Mechanically induced long period fiber gratings in Er3+ fiber for structural health monitoring

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    Pulido-Navarro, M. G.; Alvarez-Chavez, J. A.; Ceballos-Herrera, D. E.; Escamilla-Ambrosio, P. J.

    2013-09-01

    This work presents preliminary results on wavelength sensitivity due to mechanically induced long period fiber grating (LPFG) on both standard single-mode and Er-doped fibers. The work presents and compares results for both types of fibers under different torsion conditions. In order to apply the torsion one of the fiber ends is fixed while torsion is applied on the other end. A LPFG whose period is 503μm is used to press on the fiber after the torsion, this will allow for micro curvatures to be formed on the fiber, which will in turn generate a periodical index perturbation on it. Here, it was noted that the rejection band shifts to shorter wavelengths for Er-doped fibers. It was detected that for torsion of 6 turns applied to 10cm doped fiber the wavelength peaks can shift up to 25nm, which is longer than similar results reported on standard fibers. Therefore, by using Er-doped fibers this technique will give more sensitive and accurate results on the real conditions of the structure under study. These results can be employed for sensing applications, especially for small to medium size structures, being these structures mechanical, civil or aeronautical. Theoretical calculations and simulations are employed for experimental results validation.

  9. Perimeter security alarm system based on fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhang, Cui; Wang, Lixin

    2010-11-01

    With the development of the society and economy and the improvement of living standards, people need more and more pressing security. Perimeter security alarm system is widely regarded as the first line of defense. A highly sensitive Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) vibration sensor based on the theory of the string vibration, combined with neural network adaptive dynamic programming algorithm for the perimeter security alarm system make the detection intelligently. Intelligent information processing unit identify the true cause of the vibration of the invasion or the natural environment by analyzing the frequency of vibration signals, energy, amplitude and duration. Compared with traditional perimeter security alarm systems, such as infrared perimeter security system and electric fence system, FBG perimeter security alarm system takes outdoor passive structures, free of electromagnetic interference, transmission distance through optical fiber can be as long as 20 km It is able to detect the location of event within short period of time (high-speed response, less than 3 second).This system can locate the fiber cable's breaking sites and alarm automatically if the cable were be cut. And the system can prevent effectively the false alarm from small animals, birds, strong wind, scattering things, snowfalls and vibration of sensor line itself. It can also be integrated into other security systems. This system can be widely used in variety fields such as military bases, nuclear sites, airports, warehouses, prisons, residence community etc. It will be a new force of perimeter security technology.

  10. Microstructured optical fiber Bragg grating sensor for DNA detection

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    Candiani, A.; Giannetti, S.; Sozzi, M.; Coscelli, E.; Poli, F.; Cucinotta, A.; Bertucci, A.; Corradini, R.; Konstantaki, M.; Margulis, W.; Pissadakis, S.; Selleri, S.

    2013-03-01

    In this work the inner surface of a microstructured optical fiber, where a Bragg grating was previously inscribed, has been functionalized using peptide nucleic acid probe targeting a DNA sequence of the cystic fibrosis disease. The solution of DNA molecules, matched with the PNA probes, has been infiltrated inside the fiber capillaries and hybridization has been realized according to the Watson - Crick Model. In order to achieve signal amplification, oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles were then infiltrated and used to form a sandwich-like system. Experimental measurements show a clear wavelength shift of the reflected high order mode for a 100 nM DNA solution. Several experiments have been carried out on the same fiber using the identical concentration, showing the same modulation and proving a good reproducibility of the results, suggesting the possibility of the reuse of the sensor. Measurements have been also made using a 100 nM mis-matched DNA solution, containing a single nucleotide polymorphism, demonstrating the high selectivity of the sensor.

  11. Opto-acoustic behavior of coated fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Moccia, Massimo; Pisco, Marco; Cutolo, Antonello; Galdi, Vincenzo; Bevilacqua, Pierantonio; Cusano, Andrea

    2011-09-26

    In this paper, we present the study of the acousto-optic behavior of underwater-acoustic sensors constituted by fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) coated by ring-shaped overlays. Via full-wave numerical simulations, we study the complex opto-acousto-mechanical interaction among an incident acoustic wave traveling in water, the optical fiber surrounded by the ring shaped coating, and the FBG inscribed the fiber, focusing on the frequency range 0.5-30 kHz of interest for SONAR applications. Our results fully characterize the mechanical behavior of an acoustically driven coated FBG, and highlight the key role played by the coating in enhancing significantly its sensitivity by comparison with a standard uncoated configuration. Furthermore, the hydrophone sensitivity spectrum exhibits characteristic resonances, which strongly improve the sensitivity with respect to its background (i.e., away from resonances) level. Via a three-dimensional modal analysis, we verify that the composite cylindrical structure of the sensor acts as an acoustic resonator tuned at the frequencies of its longitudinal vibration modes. In order to evaluate the sensor performance, we also carry out a comprehensive parametric analysis by varying the geometrical and mechanical properties of the coating, whose results also provide a useful design tool for performance optimization and/or tailoring for specific SONAR applications. Finally, a preliminary validation of the proposed numerical analysis has been carried out through experimental data obtained using polymeric coated FBGs sensors revealing a good agreement and prediction capability. PMID:21996827

  12. Fiber Bragg Grating Temperature Sensor for Defence and Industrial Applications

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    Gebru, Haftay Abadi; Padhy, B. B.

    2011-10-01

    This paper presents the design and development of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensor suitable for naval applications like temperature monitoring of onboard ships. The Bragg gratings used here have a reflection Bragg wavelength of 1550 nm and are inscribed by phase mask technique using ultraviolet (UV) laser beam at 255.3 nm. The high-resolution temperature sensor has been designed and developed based on the principle of converting the strain to temperature. This is achieved by using bimetallic configuration. Here lead and tungsten metals are used. The expansion of lead is concentrated on the Bragg grating, thus imparting strain on it. The wavelength shift with change of temperature is recorded with optical spectrum analyzer. The minimum temperature that could be measured accurately by the sensor with repeatability is of the order of 10-2. We have achieved thermal sensitivity of 46 pm/°C and 72 pm/°C for sensor lengths (length of the metallic strips) of 60 mm and 100 mm respectively. The thermal sensitivity achieved is approximately 3.5 times and 5.5 times that of bare FBG with thermal sensitivity of 13 pm/°C for the respective sensor lengths. This type of sensor can play vital role in defence and industrial applications like monitoring fresh water/lubricating oil temperatures of machinery in onboard ships, temperature monitoring of airframe of the aircraft, aircraft engine control system sensors, temperature measurement of hot gases from propellant combustion to protect the rocket motor casing, monitoring and control of temperature of copper bars of the power generators etc.

  13. Development of viscosity sensor with long period fiber grating technology

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    Lin, Jyh-Dong; Wang, Jian-Neng; Chen, Shih-Huang; Wang, Juei-Mao

    2009-03-01

    In this paper, we describe the development of a viscosity sensing system using a simple and low-cost long-period fiber grating (LPFG) sensor. The LPFG sensor was extremely sensitive to the refractive index of the medium surrounding the cladding surface of the sensing grating, thus allowing it to be used as an ambient index sensor or chemical concentration indicator. Viscosity can be simply defined as resistance to flow of a liquid. We have measured asphalt binder, 100-190000 centistokes, in comparison with optical sensing results. The system sensing asphalt binders exhibited increase trend in the resonance wavelength shift when the refractive index of the medium changed. The prototype sensor consisted of a LPFG sensing component and a cone-shaped reservoir where gravitational force can cause asphalt binders flow through the capillary. Thus the measured time for a constant volume of asphalt binders can be converted into either absolute or kinematic viscosity. In addition, a rotational viscometer and a dynamic shear rheometer were also used to evaluate the viscosity of this liquid, the ratio between the applied shear stress and rate of shear, as well as the viscoelastic property including complex shear modulus and phase angle. The measured time could be converted into viscosity of asphalt binder based on calculation. This simple LPFG viscosity sensing system is hopefully expected to benefit the viscosity measurement for the field of civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering.

  14. Time-dependent variation of fiber Bragg grating reflectivity in PMMA-based polymer optical fibers.

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    Sáez-Rodríguez, D; Nielsen, K; Bang, O; Webb, D J

    2015-04-01

    In this Letter, we investigate the effects of viscoelasticity on both the strength and resonance wavelength of two fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) inscribed in microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) made of undoped PMMA. Both FBGs were inscribed under a strain of 1% in order to increase the material photosensitivity. After the inscription, the strain was released, and the FBGs spectra were monitored. We initially observed a decrease of the reflection down to zero after which it began to increase. After that, strain tests were carried out to confirm the results, and finally the gratings were monitored for a further 120 days, with a stable reflection response being observed beyond 50 days. PMID:25831363

  15. Temperature-independent fiber Bragg grating acceleration sensor

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    Li, Lan; Dong, Xinyong; Zhou, Wenjun; Jin, Yongxing; Sun, Yiling

    2009-08-01

    An acceleration sensor based on measurement of the reflection bandwidth of a single fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is presented. The FBG is glued in a slanted direction onto the lateral surface at the center of the beam. Two weights were fixed respectively on the upper and lower surfaces in the middle of the beam to sense the variation of the acceleration in the vertical direction. Preliminary experimental results indicate that when the acceleration was increased, the 3-dB bandwidth of the FBG responded linearly from zero to 8 g, with very low temperature dependence. The measurement sensitivity and resolution are 0.4 nm/g and 0.05 g, respectively.

  16. Fiber-coupled, Littrow-grating cavity displacement sensor.

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    Allen, Graham; Sun, Ke-Xun; Byer, Robert

    2010-04-15

    We have demonstrated a compact, optical-fiber-fed, optical displacement sensor utilizing a Littrow-mounted diffraction grating to form a low-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity. Length changes of the cavity are read out via the Pound-Drever-Hall rf modulation technique at 925 MHz. The sensor has a nominal working distance of 2 cm and a total dynamic range of 160 nm. The displacement noise floor was less than 3x10(-10) m/sqrt[Hz] above 10(-2) Hz, limited by the frequency drift of the reference laser. A frequency-stabilized laser would reduce the noise floor to below 10(-12) m/sqrt[Hz]. The use of a 925 MHz modulation frequency demonstrates high-precision readout of a low-finesse compact resonant cavity. PMID:20410986

  17. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors used in coal mines

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    Wang, Jinyu; Liu, Tongyu; Song, Guangdong; Xie, Hongjing; Li, Lianqing; Deng, Xiaolin; Gong, Zhijie

    2014-06-01

    The fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors were used for on-line monitoring of the stress variation of the lined wall in the gateway retained along the goaf of No. 3203 coal mining face in Dongtan Mine. The results showed that the FBG strain sensor with the wide measuring range could measure the stress variation accurately during the support process of the gateway retained along the goaf and could provide the basis to further optimize the support structure and to determine the support plan of the gateway retained along the goaf. The FBG micro-seismic sensors were used in Xinglong Mine to detect the micro-seismic signal. The signals were well received and analyzed to determine the location and energy level of the source of the micro-seismic event warning. The FBG sensors and detecting system show a significant potential for micro-seismic detection and geological disasters detection.

  18. Fiber Bragg grating strain sensor for hard rocks

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    Castro-Caicedo, Alvaro; Nieto-Callejas, María. J.; Torres, Pedro

    2015-09-01

    Strain is an important property to be measured in rock structures such as tunnels, slopes, dams, and mining. However, commercial surface mountable fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors are packaged in planar configuration, which is not appropriate for the irregular surface of the rocks since an unacceptable bonding layer fails to transfer the strain from the rock to the FBG. As a first approach to this problem, in this work we analyze packaged FBG sensors for cylindrical samples of hard rocks. A calibration process was carried out to evaluate the performance of the packaging and bonding layer as compared to electrical resistance strain gage methods. We show the importance of both packaging and bonding layer in FBG sensor technology for measuring strain in hard rocks.

  19. Dynamic and static strain gauge using superimposed fiber Bragg gratings

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    Ma, Y. C.; Yang, Y. H.; Li, J. M.; Yang, M. W.; Tang, J.; Liang, T.

    2012-10-01

    This paper demonstrates a simple and fast interrogation method for the dynamic and/or static strain gauge using a reflection spectrum from two superimposed fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The superimposed FBGs are designed to decrease nonequidistant space of generated a sensing pulse train in a time domain during dynamic strain gauge. By combining centroid finding with smooth filtering methods, both the interrogation speed and accuracy are improved. A four times increase in the interrogation speed of dynamic strain, by generating a 2 kHz optical sensing pulse train from a 500 Hz scanning frequency, is demonstrated experimentally. The interrogation uncertainty and total harmonic distortion characterization of superimposed FBGs are tested and less than 4 pm standard deviation is obtained.

  20. Fiber Bragg grating demodulation through innovative numerical procedures

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    Dinardo, Giuseppe; Vacca, Gaetano

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this article is to introduce an innovative algorithm for the calculation of the shift of the maximum reflectivity wavelength of a Fiber Bragg Grating experiencing an applied strain. An accurate and precise evaluation of the FBG spectrum displacement is crucial for determining the amount of the physical quantity inducing such perturbations. The proposed method is based on the Fast Fourier Transform based Cross Correlation function. Such method is compared to Least Squares Fitting (LSF) and the centroid algorithms, pointing out remarkable improvements in accuracy, precision, and time consumption performance. In addition, a further improvement of the proposed algorithm is introduced. It consists in an iteratively performed Cross Correlation algorithm. It has been proved that such improvement leads to estimations characterized by better accuracy and precision, thanks also to a considerable reduction of the peak-locking effect due to the FBG spectral resolution.

  1. Safety monitoring of rail transit by fiber grating sensors

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    Xu, Xiaomei; Li, Xuejin; Deng, Yuanlong; Liu, Xiaoqing; Yu, Yongqin; Zhou, Huasheng

    2013-12-01

    The subway is a representative form of the rail transit, and its catenary suspension system is a very important aspect to the safety of the whole system. The safety monitoring of the subway catenary suspension system is studied in this paper. A demonstrate model is set up in the laboratory, and some fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors including strain sensors and displacement sensors were utilized in the demonstrate system. It is shown that the used sensors could indicate the safety information of the system effectively. Especially, the designed displacement sensor that is packaged by athermal technique can abandon the influence of the environment temperature in a certain degree. Its engineering applicability is greatly improved.

  2. Bragg wavelength shift for irradiated polymer fiber Bragg grating

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    Hamdalla, Taymour A.; Nafee, Sherif S.

    2015-11-01

    The effect of neutron-irradiation from a 5 Ci Am-241/Be-9 neutron source on the characteristics of Polymer Fiber Bragg Grating (PFBG) has been studied in the present work. The PFBG has been irradiated using fast neutrons with different doses range from 24 up to 720 Gy. The transmittance and reflectance of the PFBG have been recorded and interpreted before and after the irradiation. Results in this study showed that the neutron irradiation might cause a structural degradation of the polymer's main chain, which led to a shift in the Central Bragg Wavelength (CBW). In addition, the CBW increased from 4 pm to 14 pm when the neutron dose increased from 24 to 720 Gy. Moreover, no saturation has been observed in the CBW under the effect of the applied doses. Therefore, the PFBG of high Bragg wavelength is a suitable candidate for the use in the dosimetry systems.

  3. Spectroscopic Analysis Of Insulating Crystal Fibers

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    Buoncristiani, A. M.; Inge, Addison T.; Byvik, C. E.

    1990-01-01

    New method provides rapid characterization of optical properties. Technique for determining optical properties of insulating single-crystal fibers developed and applied to sapphire, spinel, and YAIO crystalline host fibers doped with triply ionized titanium. Crystal fibers grown more rapidly and less expensively.

  4. Miniature fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogator (FBG-Transceiver) system

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    Mendoza, Edgar A.; Kempen, Cornelia; Lopatin, Craig

    2007-04-01

    This paper describes recent progress conducted towards the development of a miniature fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogator (FBG-Transceiver TM) system based on multi-channel integrated optic sensor (InOSense TM) microchip technology. The hybrid InOSense TM microchip technology enables the integration of all of the functionalities, both passive and active, of conventional bench top FBG sensor interrogator systems, packaged in a miniaturized, low power operation, 2-cm x 5-cm package suitable for the long-term structural health monitoring in applications where size, weight, and power are critical for operation. The FBG-Transceiver system uses active optoelectronic components monolithically integrated to the InOSense TM microchip, a microprocessor controlled signal processing electronics board capable of processing the FBG sensors signals related to stress-strain and temperature as well as vibration and acoustics. The FBG-Transceiver TM system represents a new, reliable, highly robust technology that can be used to accurately monitor the status of an array of distributed fiber optic Bragg grating sensors installed in critical infrastructures. Its miniature package, low power operation, and state-of-the-art data communications architecture, all at a very affordable price makes it a very attractive solution for a large number of SHM/NDI applications in aerospace, naval and maritime industry, civil structures like bridges, buildings and dams, the oil and chemical industry, and for homeland security applications. The miniature, cost-efficient FBG-Transceiver TM system is poised to revolutionize the field of structural health monitoring and nondestructive inspection market. The sponsor of this program is NAVAIR under a DOD SBIR contract.

  5. Fiber Bragg gratings in the radiation environment: Change under the influence of radiolytic hydrogen

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    Butov, Oleg V. Golant, Konstantin M.; Shevtsov, Igor' A.; Fedorov, Artem N.

    2015-08-21

    The change of the transmission spectra of fiber Bragg gratings written in the optical fibers, whose silica cores are doped with either germanium or nitrogen, is studied experimentally under the influence of gamma-radiation. The transmission spectra in the neighborhood of the resonance (Bragg) wavelengths were regularly recorded “in-situ” in the course of irradiation during 24 days. For this purpose, uncoated gratings were placed in a pool near the spent fuel rods of a nuclear reactor. The fibers with the gratings written in them were in immediate contact with water. The estimated total absorbed radiation dose of the fibers is approximately 5 MGy. Molecular hydrogen, which is produced by radiolysis of water and penetrates into the core of silica fiber, is found to interact with the defects of Ge-doped silica induced by gamma-radiation, thereby causing a strong impact on the parameters of the spectrum of the Bragg gratings. On the contrary, in the case of gratings inscribed in N-doped silica fibers, the hydrogen molecules interact with defects induced in the course of laser UV exposure during the grating writing only. The possible subsequent formation of additional defects in N-doped silica under the influence of gamma-radiation has no substantial impact on the transmission spectra of Bragg gratings, which remained stable. The obtained results suggest that a small amount of molecular hydrogen resided in the fiber core is the main source of radiation instability of Ge-doped fiber Bragg grating sensors in radiation environments. These hydrogen molecules can remain in the Bragg gratings, in particular, after the inscription process in the hydrogen-loaded fibers.

  6. Fiber Bragg gratings in the radiation environment: Change under the influence of radiolytic hydrogen

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    Butov, Oleg V.; Golant, Konstantin M.; Shevtsov, Igor'A.; Fedorov, Artem N.

    2015-08-01

    The change of the transmission spectra of fiber Bragg gratings written in the optical fibers, whose silica cores are doped with either germanium or nitrogen, is studied experimentally under the influence of gamma-radiation. The transmission spectra in the neighborhood of the resonance (Bragg) wavelengths were regularly recorded "in-situ" in the course of irradiation during 24 days. For this purpose, uncoated gratings were placed in a pool near the spent fuel rods of a nuclear reactor. The fibers with the gratings written in them were in immediate contact with water. The estimated total absorbed radiation dose of the fibers is approximately 5 MGy. Molecular hydrogen, which is produced by radiolysis of water and penetrates into the core of silica fiber, is found to interact with the defects of Ge-doped silica induced by gamma-radiation, thereby causing a strong impact on the parameters of the spectrum of the Bragg gratings. On the contrary, in the case of gratings inscribed in N-doped silica fibers, the hydrogen molecules interact with defects induced in the course of laser UV exposure during the grating writing only. The possible subsequent formation of additional defects in N-doped silica under the influence of gamma-radiation has no substantial impact on the transmission spectra of Bragg gratings, which remained stable. The obtained results suggest that a small amount of molecular hydrogen resided in the fiber core is the main source of radiation instability of Ge-doped fiber Bragg grating sensors in radiation environments. These hydrogen molecules can remain in the Bragg gratings, in particular, after the inscription process in the hydrogen-loaded fibers.

  7. All-fiber amplifier similariton laser based on a fiber Bragg grating filter.

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    Olivier, Michel; Gagnon, Mathieu; Duval, Simon; Bernier, Martin; Piché, Michel

    2015-12-01

    This article presents, for the first time to our knowledge, an all-fiber amplifier similariton laser based on a fiber Bragg grating filter. The laser emits 2.9 nJ pulses at a wavelength of 1554 nm with a repetition rate of 31 MHz. The dechirped pulses have a duration of 89 fs. The characteristic features of the pulse profile and spectrum along with the dynamics of the laser are highlighted in representative simulations. These simulations also address the effect of the filter shape and detuning with respect to the gain spectral peak. PMID:26625073

  8. Intensity-modulated optical fiber sensors based on chirped-fiber Bragg gratings

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    Dong, Xinyong

    2011-09-01

    Intensity-modulated fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, compared with normal wavelength-encoding FBG sensors, can reduce the cost of sensor system significantly by using cost-efficient optical power detection devices, instead of expensive wavelength measurement instruments. Chirped-FBG (CFBG) based intensity-modulated sensors show potential applications in various sensing areas due to their many advantages, including inherent independence of temperature, high measurement speed, and low cost, in addition to the merits of all fiber-optic sensors. This paper theoretically studies the sensing principle of CFBG-based intensity-modulated sensors and briefly reviews their recent progress in measurement of displacement, acceleration, and tilt angle.

  9. Magnetic Field Measurements Based on Terfenol Coated Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    Quintero, Sully M. M.; Martelli, Cicero; Braga, Arthur M. B.; Valente, Luiz C. G.; Kato, Carla C.

    2011-01-01

    A magnetic field sensor based on the integration of a high birefringence photonic crystal fiber and a composite material made of Terfenol particles and an epoxy resin is proposed. An in-fiber modal interferometer is assembled by evenly exciting both eigenemodes of the HiBi fiber. Changes in the cavity length as well as the effective refractive index are induced by exposing the sensor head to magnetic fields. The magnetic field sensor has a sensitivity of 0.006 (nm/mT) over a range from 0 to 300 mT with a resolution about ±1 mT. A fiber Bragg grating magnetic field sensor is also fabricated and employed to characterize the response of Terfenol composite to the magnetic field. PMID:22247655

  10. Design of a high voltage source to fabricate fiber optic arc induced gratings

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    Mata-Chavez, R. I.; Estudillo-Ayala, J. M.; Hernández-Garcia, J. C.; Rojas-Laguna, R.; Anzueto-Sanchez, G.; Martínez-Ríos, A.; Trejo-Duran, M.; Alvarado-Méndez, E. A.; Andrade-Lucio, J. A.

    2007-03-01

    In this paper we propose a high voltage source which is controlled by a communication port I/O of a data acquisition card. The graphical programming language LabView is employed for this task. We make use of this source to produce optical fiber gratings by inducing an electric arc with the point by point procedure. It has a control section to modify the arc duration time and thus the voltage and current applied to the fiber by means of two electrodes. The experimental setup by which we characterized the gratings is depicted and we also present the transmitting spectrum. The gratings were fabricated with SMF-28 fiber but microstructured fiber can be exploited too. These gratings can be used with optical fiber lasers as optical filters and in the implementation of optical sensors.

  11. Modeling fiber Bragg grating device networks in photomechanical polymer optical fibers

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    Lanska, Joseph T.; Kuzyk, Mark G.; Sullivan, Dennis M.

    2015-09-01

    We report on the modeling of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) networks in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer fibers doped with azo dyes. Our target is the development of Photomechanical Optical Devices (PODs), comprised of two FBGs in series, separated by a Fabry-Perot cavity of photomechanical material. PODs exhibit photomechanical multi-stability, with the capacity to access multiple length states for a fixed input intensity when a mechanical shock is applied. Using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) numerical methods, we modeled the photomechanical response of both Fabry-Perot and Bragg-type PODs in a single polymer optical fiber. The polymer fiber was modeled as an instantaneous Kerr-type nonlinear χ(3) material. Our model correctly predicts the essential optical features of FBGs as well as the photomechanical multi-stability of nonlinear Fabry-Perot cavity-based PODs. Networks of PODs may provide a framework for smart shape-shifting materials and fast optical computation where the decision process is distributed over the entire network. In addition, a POD can act as memory, and its response can depend on input history. Our models inform and will accelerate targeted development of novel Bragg grating-based polymer fiber device networks for a variety of applications in optical computing and smart materials.

  12. kW-level narrow linewidth fiber amplifier seeded by a fiber Bragg grating based oscillator.

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    Hao, Jinping; Zhao, Hong; Zhang, Dayong; Zhang, Liming; Zhang, Kun

    2015-05-20

    This paper demonstrates an all-fiber narrow linewidth amplifier with a seed based on narrow linewidth fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The fiber amplifier achieves a narrow bandwidth output of 823 W, with an opto-optic efficiency of 84.5%. The pair of FBGs in the seed configuration helps to assure a narrow linewidth of the laser as 0.08 nm. In the laser profile, we introduce a cladding stripper with a sectional structure, which realizes high pump power leakage with high efficiency. The paper also discusses the impact of seed linewidth and fiber length on the SBS threshold in a narrow bandwidth laser. Based on this analysis, we discovered ways to inhibit SBS onset and scale power output. PMID:26192524

  13. Strain fiber sensor based on beat frequency with chirped fiber Bragg grating

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    Wang, Xu; Zhang, Haojie; Wen, Quan; Chen, Longfei; Wang, Fang; Liu, Yufang; Yu, Kun

    2016-07-01

    We propose a strain fiber sensor that is interrogated via longitudinal mode beat frequency with a linear chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG). Unlike conventional sensors, in the proposed sensor, the CFBG is used to convert wavelength changes into resonant cavity length changes. Further, the beat frequency stability of the fiber laser is fully utilized to significantly improve measurement accuracy. Consequently, because cavity changes account for 5.1% of the total cavity length, the measurement accuracy can be as large as 7.06×10-7 ɛ-i.e., approximately five times greater than the accuracy obtained by stretching the resonant cavity fiber. The maximum experimental strain error range is ±14.5 μɛ.

  14. Huge capacity fiber-optic sensing network based on ultra-weak draw tower gratings

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    Yang, Minghong; Bai, Wei; Guo, Huiyong; Wen, Hongqiao; Yu, Haihu; Jiang, Desheng

    2016-03-01

    This paper reviews the work on huge capacity fiber-optic sensing network based on ultra-weak draw tower gratings developed at the National Engineering Laboratory for Fiber Optic Sensing Technology (NEL-FOST), Wuhan University of Technology, China. A versatile drawing tower grating sensor network based on ultra-weak fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) is firstly proposed and demonstrated. The sensing network is interrogated with time- and wavelength-division multiplexing method, which is very promising for the large-scale sensing network.

  15. Switchable quadruple-wavelength Erbium-doped fiber laser based on a chirped fiber grating and polarization-maintaining fiber

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    Cheng, Jianqun; Chen, Weicheng; Chen, Guojie

    2016-04-01

    A switchable quadruple-wavelength Erbium-doped fiber laser based on two Sagnac loops with a chirped fiber grating and polarization-maintaining fiber is proposed and demonstrated experimentally at room temperature. The two loops act as comb filters to excite multi-wavelength output. On the basis of the polarization hole burning effect, the laser can switch flexibly to output ten different modes from single-wavelength to quadruple-wavelength. All of the lasing lines with narrow linewidth have the optical signal-to-noise ratio of more than 35 dB. The laser with good power uniformity shows better stability with respect to the wavelength and peak power.

  16. An Optical Fiber Lateral Displacement Measurement Method and Experiments Based on Reflective Grating Panel

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    Li, Yuhe; Guan, Kaisen; Hu, Zhaohui; Chen, Yanxiang

    2016-01-01

    An optical fiber sensing method based on a reflective grating panel is demonstrated for lateral displacement measurement. The reflective panel is a homemade grating with a periodic variation of its refractive index, which is used to modulate the reflected light intensity. The system structure and operation principle are illustrated in detail. The intensity calculation and simulation of the optical path are carried out to theoretically analyze the measurement performance. A distinctive fiber optic grating ruler with a special fiber optic measuring probe and reflective grating panel is set up. Experiments with different grating pitches are conducted, and long-distance measurements are executed to accomplish the functions of counting optical signals, subdivision, and discerning direction. Experimental results show that the proposed measurement method can be used to detect lateral displacement, especially for applications in working environments with high temperatures. PMID:27271624

  17. Accuracy of needle position measurements using fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Henken, Kirsten; Van Gerwen, Dennis; Dankelman, Jenny; Van Den Dobbelsteen, John

    2012-11-01

    Accurate placement of the needle tip is essential in percutaneous therapies such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors. Use of a robotic system for navigating the needle could improve the targeting accuracy. Real-time information on the needle tip position is needed, since a needle deflects during insertion in tissue. Needle shape can be reconstructed based on strain measurements within the needle. In the current experiment we determined the accuracy with which the needle tip position can be derived from strain measurements using Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). Three glass fibers equipped with two FBGs each were incorporated in a needle. The needle was clamped at one end and deformed by applying static radial displacements at one or two locations. The FBG output was used for offline estimation of the needle shape and tip position. During deflections of the needle tip up to 12.5 mm, the tip position was estimated with a mean accuracy of 0.89 mm (std 0.42 mm). Adding a second deflection resulted in an error of 1.32 mm (std 0.48 mm). This accuracy is appropriate for applications such as RFA of liver tumors. The results further show that the accuracy can be improved by optimizing the placement of FBGs. PMID:22455615

  18. Microwave photonic integrator based on a multichannel fiber Bragg grating.

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    Zhang, Jiejun; Yao, Jianping

    2016-01-15

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a microwave photonic integrator based on a multichannel fiber Bragg grating (FBG) working in conjunction with a dispersion compensating fiber (DCF) to provide a step group delay response with no in-channel dispersion-related distortion. The multichannel FBG is designed based on the spectral Talbot effect, which provides a large group delay dispersion (GDD) within each channel. A step group delay response can then be achieved by cascading the multichannel FBG with a DCF having a GDD opposite the in-channel GDD. An optical comb, with each comb line located at the center of each channel of the FBG, is modulated by a microwave signal to be integrated. At the output of the DCF, multiple time-delayed replicas of the optical signal, with equal time delay spacing are obtained and are detected and summed at a photodetector (PD). The entire operation is equivalent to the integration of the input microwave signal. For a multichannel FBG with an in-channel GDD of 730 ps/nm and a DCF with an opposite GDD, an integrator with a bandwidth of 2.9 GHz and an integration time of 7 ns is demonstrated. PMID:26766692

  19. Small biomolecule immunosensing with plasmonic optical fiber grating sensor.

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    Ribaut, Clotilde; Voisin, Valérie; Malachovská, Viera; Dubois, Valentin; Mégret, Patrice; Wattiez, Ruddy; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-03-15

    This study reports on the development of a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) optical fiber biosensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating technology for direct detection of small biomarkers of interest for lung cancer diagnosis. Since SPR principle relies on the refractive index modifications to sensitively detect mass changes at the gold coated surface, we have proposed here a comparative study in relation to the target size. Two cytokeratin 7 (CK7) samples with a molecular weight ranging from 78 kDa to 2.6 kDa, respectively CK7 full protein and CK7 peptide, have been used for label-free monitoring. This work has first consisted in the elaboration and the characterization of a robust and reproducible bioreceptor, based on antibody/antigen cross-linking. Immobilized antibodies were then utilized as binding agents to investigate the sensitivity of the biosensor towards the two CK7 antigens. Results have highlighted a very good sensitivity of the biosensor response for both samples diluted in phosphate buffer with a higher limit of detection for the larger CK7 full protein. The most groundbreaking nature of this study relies on the detection of small biomolecule CK7 peptides in buffer and in the presence of complex media such as serum, achieving a limit of detection of 0.4 nM. PMID:26432194

  20. A Fiber Bragg Grating Sensing Based Triaxial Vibration Sensor.

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    Li, Tianliang; Tan, Yuegang; Liu, Yi; Qu, Yongzhi; Liu, Mingyao; Zhou, Zude

    2015-01-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing based triaxial vibration sensor has been presented in this paper. The optical fiber is directly employed as elastomer, and the triaxial vibration of a measured body can be obtained by two pairs of FBGs. A model of a triaxial vibration sensor as well as decoupling principles of triaxial vibration and experimental analyses are proposed. Experimental results show that: sensitivities of 86.9 pm/g, 971.8 pm/g and 154.7 pm/g for each orthogonal sensitive direction with linearity are separately 3.64%, 1.50% and 3.01%. The flat frequency ranges reside in 20-200 Hz, 3-20 Hz and 4-50 Hz, respectively; in addition, the resonant frequencies are separately 700 Hz, 40 Hz and 110 Hz in the x/y/z direction. When the sensor is excited in a single direction vibration, the outputs of sensor in the other two directions are consistent with the outputs in the non-working state. Therefore, it is effectively demonstrated that it can be used for three-dimensional vibration measurement. PMID:26393616

  1. Experiences with fiber optic Bragg grating sensors in civil engineering

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    Brownjohn, James M. W.; Moyo, Pilate; Wang, Yong; Tjin, Chuan S.; Lim, Tuan-Kay

    2001-06-01

    Initially developed for applications in the aerospace industry, fiber-optic Bragg grating sensors (FBG) have attracted attention in the civil engineering community. The interest in FBG sensors has been motivated by the potential advantages they can offer over existing sensing technologies. They are, immune to electromagnetic interference, small in size and can be easier to install than traditional electrical resistance strain gauges. They can also be multiplexed, that is, a single fiber may have more than one change. Although field test of FBG sensors have been reported in literature, there is a dearth of information on their installation procedures, their precision in quantifying strains of concrete structures, and robustness requirements for embedment in concrete structures. In particular the harsh environment during the construction of concrete structures is a great challenge in the installation of these fragile sensors. The paper reports on our experiences with FBG sensors in concrete structures. FBG sensor have been sued to quantify strain, temperature and to capture vibration signals. Th result of these studies indicate that, if properly installed, FBG sensors can survive the sever conditions associated with the embedment process and yield accurate measurements of strains and vibration response, so it is possible to benefit from their potential advantages.

  2. A Fiber Bragg Grating Sensing Based Triaxial Vibration Sensor

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    Li, Tianliang; Tan, Yuegang; Liu, Yi; Qu, Yongzhi; Liu, Mingyao; Zhou, Zude

    2015-01-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing based triaxial vibration sensor has been presented in this paper. The optical fiber is directly employed as elastomer, and the triaxial vibration of a measured body can be obtained by two pairs of FBGs. A model of a triaxial vibration sensor as well as decoupling principles of triaxial vibration and experimental analyses are proposed. Experimental results show that: sensitivities of 86.9 pm/g, 971.8 pm/g and 154.7 pm/g for each orthogonal sensitive direction with linearity are separately 3.64%, 1.50% and 3.01%. The flat frequency ranges reside in 20–200 Hz, 3–20 Hz and 4–50 Hz, respectively; in addition, the resonant frequencies are separately 700 Hz, 40 Hz and 110 Hz in the x/y/z direction. When the sensor is excited in a single direction vibration, the outputs of sensor in the other two directions are consistent with the outputs in the non-working state. Therefore, it is effectively demonstrated that it can be used for three-dimensional vibration measurement. PMID:26393616

  3. A mode-locked fiber laser with a chirped grating mirror

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    Haus, J. W.; Hayduk, M.; Kaechele, W.; Shaulov, G.; Theimer, J.; Teegarden, K.; Wicks, G.

    2000-01-01

    A novel fiber laser was built using a multiple-quantum well mode-locking element and a chirped fiber grating to balance dispersion and nonlinearity. Energetic pulses as short as 2 ps were generated in the cavity and propagated in a fiber to determine the pulse characteristics. Laser cavity modeling and pulse propagation simulations are in good agreement with experiments.

  4. Propagation of quasisolitons in a fiber Bragg grating written in a slow saturable fiber amplifier

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    Shapira, Yuval P.; Horowitz, Moshe

    2011-05-15

    We show, by using numerical simulations, that quasisolitons can propagate over a long distance in a fiber Bragg grating that is written in a slow saturable fiber amplifier, such as an erbium-doped fiber amplifier. During the pulse propagation, the front end of the pulse experiences a net gain while the rear end of pulse is attenuated due to the combination of gain saturation and loss. However, the pulse profile almost does not change after propagating over a length of 5 m that is approximately 2500 times larger than the spatial pulse width. The pulse amplitude has an approximately hyperbolic secant profile. We develop a reduced model by using a multiscale analysis to study solitary-wave propagation when nonlinearity and gain are small. When gain saturation also becomes small we find analytically a new family of solitary-wave hyperbolic-secant solutions that approximately solve the reduced model. The solitary waves propagate slightly faster than Bragg solitons that propagate in fiber Bragg gratings without gain and loss.

  5. Superfluorescent fiber source achieving multisignal power equalization in distributed fiber Bragg grating sensing

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    Liu, Ying-Gang; Jia, Zhen-An; Qiao, Xue-Guang; Wang, Hong-Liang; Zhang, Wei; Xu, Shi-Chao

    2011-12-01

    In order to achieve multisignal power equalization in a quasidistributed fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing system, an erbium-doped fiber (EDF) superfluorescent source with high flatness and broadband spectrum is presented using a three-stage double-pump configuration. The spectral protrusions in the vicinity of 1532 and 1570 nm are flattened, which is achieved by designing a gain flattening filter with a long-period grating. The result shows that the flatness of the output spectrum covering the C and L band, from 1526.52 to 1607.87 nm, is less than 0.76 dBm. The 3 dB bandwidth is 75.68 nm, and the output power of 13.11 mW is achieved in the C and L band. By using the fiber amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source in FBG sensing system for decreasing multisignals peak power variation, the standard deviation of multisignals peak power is decreased to 1.00 dBm. In a multiplexed FBG sensing system, the high flattening fiber ASE source is beneficial to long-distance transmission, amplification, recognition, and demodulation of FBG sensing signals.

  6. Tunable Fiber Bragg Grating Ring Lasers using Macro Fiber Composite Actuators

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    Geddis, Demetris L.; Allison, Sidney G.; Shams, Qamar A.

    2006-01-01

    The research reported herein includes the fabrication of a tunable optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) fiber ring laser (FRL)1 from commercially available components as a high-speed alternative tunable laser source for NASA Langley s optical frequency domain reflectometer (OFDR) interrogator, which reads low reflectivity FBG sensors. A Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) actuator invented at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) was selected to tune the laser. MFC actuators use a piezoelectric sheet cut into uniaxially aligned rectangular piezo-fibers surrounded by a polymer matrix and incorporate interdigitated electrodes to deliver electric fields along the length of the piezo-fibers. This configuration enables MFC actuators to produce displacements larger than the original uncut piezoelectric sheet. The FBG filter was sandwiched between two MFC actuators, and when strained, produced approximately 3.62 nm of wavelength shift in the FRL when biasing the MFC actuators from 500 V to 2000 V. This tunability range is comparable to that of other tunable lasers and is adequate for interrogating FBG sensors using OFDR technology. Three different FRL configurations were studied. Configuration A examined the importance of erbium-doped fiber length and output coupling. Configuration B demonstrated the importance of the FBG filter. Configuration C added an output coupler to increase the output power and to isolate the filter. Only configuration C was tuned because it offered the best optical power output of the three configurations. Use of Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) FBG s holds promise for enhanced tunability in future research.

  7. Fiber Bragg grating sensing in smart composite patch repairs for aging aircraft

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    Botsev, Y.; Gorbatov, Nahum; Tur, Moshe; Ben-Simon, U.; Kressel, I.; Green, A. K.; Ghilai, G.; Gali, S.

    2004-06-01

    A Fiber-Bragg-Grating based, advanced co-cured smart composite patch for the repair of metallic structures is proposed and demonstrated. Advantages include real time cure monitoring and long-term in-service structural integrity evaluation.

  8. Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors as flatness and mechanical stretching sensors

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    Abbaneo, D.; Abbas, M.; Abbrescia, M.; Abdelalim, A. A.; Abi Akl, M.; Aboamer, O.; Acosta, D.; Ahmad, A.; Ahmed, W.; Ahmed, W.; Aleksandrov, A.; Aly, R.; Altieri, P.; Asawatangtrakuldee, C.; Aspell, P.; Assran, Y.; Awan, I.; Bally, S.; Ban, Y.; Banerjee, S.; Barashko, V.; Barria, P.; Bencze, G.; Beni, N.; Benussi, L.; Bhopatkar, V.; Bianco, S.; Bos, J.; Bouhali, O.; Braghieri, A.; Braibant, S.; Buontempo, S.; Calabria, C.; Caponero, M.; Caputo, C.; Cassese, F.; Castaneda, A.; Cauwenbergh, S.; Cavallo, F. R.; Celik, A.; Choi, M.; Choi, S.; Christiansen, J.; Cimmino, A.; Colafranceschi, S.; Colaleo, A.; Conde Garcia, A.; Czellar, S.; Dabrowski, M. M.; De Lentdecker, G.; De Oliveira, R.; De Robertis, G.; Dildick, S.; Dorney, B.; Elmetenawee, W.; Endroczi, G.; Errico, F.; Fenyvesi, A.; Ferry, S.; Furic, I.; Giacomelli, P.; Gilmore, J.; Golovtsov, V.; Guiducci, L.; Guilloux, F.; Gutierrez, A.; Hadjiiska, R. M.; Hassan, A.; Hauser, J.; Hoepfner, K.; Hohlmann, M.; Hoorani, H.; Iaydjiev, P.; Jeng, Y. G.; Kamon, T.; Karchin, P.; Korytov, A.; Krutelyov, S.; Kumar, A.; Kim, H.; Lee, J.; Lenzi, T.; Litov, L.; Loddo, F.; Madorsky, A.; Maerschalk, T.; Maggi, M.; Magnani, A.; Mal, P. K.; Mandal, K.; Marchioro, A.; Marinov, A.; Masod, R.; Majumdar, N.; Merlin, J. A.; Mitselmakher, G.; Mohanty, A. K.; Mohamed, S.; Mohapatra, A.; Molnar, J.; Muhammad, S.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Naimuddin, M.; Nuzzo, S.; Oliveri, E.; Pant, L. M.; Paolucci, P.; Park, I.; Passeggio, G.; Passamonti, L.; Pavlov, B.; Philipps, B.; Piccolo, D.; Pierluigi, D.; Postema, H.; Puig Baranac, A.; Radi, A.; Radogna, R.; Raffone, G.; Ranieri, A.; Rashevski, G.; Riccardi, C.; Rodozov, M.; Rodrigues, A.; Ropelewski, L.; RoyChowdhury, S.; Russo, A.; Ryu, G.; Ryu, M. S.; Safonov, A.; Salva, S.; Saviano, G.; Sharma, A.; Sharma, A.; Sharma, R.; Shah, A. H.; Shopova, M.; Sturdy, J.; Sultanov, G.; Swain, S. K.; Szillasi, Z.; Talvitie, J.; Tatarinov, A.; Tuuva, T.; Tytgat, M.; Vai, I.; Van Stenis, M.; Venditti, R.; Verhagen, E.; Verwilligen, P.; Vitulo, P.; Volkov, S.; Vorobyev, A.; Wang, D.; Wang, M.; Yang, U.; Yang, Y.; Yonamine, R.; Zaganidis, N.; Zenoni, F.; Zhang, A.

    2016-07-01

    A novel approach which uses Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors has been utilized to assess and monitor the flatness of Gaseous Electron Multipliers (GEM) foils. The setup layout and preliminary results are presented.

  9. Temperature-independent gas refractometer based on an S-taper fiber tailored fiber Bragg grating

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    Shao, Zhihua; Qiao, Xueguang; Bao, Weijia; Rong, Qiangzhou

    2016-09-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based gas refractometer is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The configuration consists of a short section of S-type taper incorporated in the upstream of a FBG. The S-taper is capable to couple the core mode to cladding modes into the downstream single mode fiber (SMF), and the low-order cladding modes can be reflected back to the fiber core via the FBG. Because of the recoupling efficiency depending on surrounding refractive index (SRI), the reflection power of the device presents high response to gas RI change with the sensitivity of 172.7 dB/RIU. This power-referenced RI measurement and wavelength-referenced temperature measurement have been achieved via selective cladding modes monitoring.

  10. Fiber optic liquid level monitoring system using microstructured polymer fiber Bragg grating array sensors: performance analysis

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    Marques, C. A. F.; Pospori, A.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Nielsen, K.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.

    2015-09-01

    A highly sensitive liquid level monitoring system based on microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (mPOFBG) array sensors is reported for the first time. The configuration is based on five mPOFBGs inscribed in the same fiber in the 850 nm spectral region, showing the potential to interrogate liquid level by measuring the strain induced in each mPOFBG embedded in a silicone rubber (SR) diaphragm, which deforms due to hydrostatic pressure variations. The sensor exhibits a highly linear response over the sensing range, a good repeatability, and a high resolution. The sensitivity of the sensor is found to be 98 pm/cm of water, enhanced by more than a factor of 9 when compared to an equivalent sensor based on a silica fiber around 1550 nm. The temperature sensitivity is studied and a multi-sensor arrangement proposed, which has the potential to provide level readings independent of temperature and the liquid density.